Your readers may be interested in an article in Hippocrates several years ago on food allergies and ear infections. Talal Nsouli, MD, and colleagues gave three standard allergy tests to 104 children, checking food sensitivities to many foods, including some that most commonly cause problems: milk, wheat, eggs, and peanuts. All children in the study had experienced either a three-month period of inflammation of the middle ear or repeat episodes of ear infections over a period of five months.
Allergy testing showed that 81 of the children had sensitivities to foods, primarily milk or wheat. During the next four months, children were fed diets that were free of the offending foods. Seventy of the children improved. When the foods were added back, 66 children had ear infections within four months.
Dr. Nsouli has suggested that parents of youngsters with chronic ear infections should ask their pediatricians about allergy testing. Observing that these infections are usually treated with antibiotics or shunts to drain the fluid, Nsouli pointed out that if the cause of the infection is allergies, these treatments won’t solve the problem.