10 year old Gabrielle Delacour has come to the Hogsmead Clinic accompanied by her older sister and guardian Fleur Delacour. You are a health care professional attending to your patient Gabrielle. Fleur asks why every time her sister Gabrielle has a sore throat, she also ends up having an ear infection.
1. How do you explain why this is happening to Gabrielle?
2. You assess Gabrielle and give her the appropriate ear drops. Fleur wants to know if she can use the ear drops at a cold temperature to relieve the earache. What is the best answer to her question?
When reviewing Gabrielle’s chart, you see that she has a history of dizziness during previous ear infections. She had also been previously prescribed Anti-Vert, which she takes when she feels dizzy. Gabrielle tells you that she doesn’t like to take it because she gets sleepy after taking the medication.
3. Would you tell Gabrielle that this sleepiness in normal? Why or why not?
4. Gabrielle tells you that she also experiences facial pain and frontal headaches that make her ear pain worse during the spring and summer months. How would you explain this phenomenon to her?