Raise your hand how many of you did not have at least one ear or nose infection in their lifetime? Raise your hand who of you did not have to go to the doctors at least one because of a swallow ear, a bumpy nose or a red throat. While these infections are rather common, they can also be one of the most dangerous because they are usually treated superficially, leading to further complications. Sure, it is always better to prevent than to treat, but how can you be sure you are reading the infections signs well? How can you make sure you are getting all the signs well if you do not have any medical training? Luckily for you, the answer is simple: buy an otoscope!
What are otoscopes
In case you have lived under a rock for the past few years or drank your milk on time while a kid and have a rocking immune system, ear, nose and throat infections represent one of the most common health affections in the world. In order to “read” them from the beginning and treat them in early stages, otoscopes are the best. These represent medical devices consisting of three main parts – a source of light, a magnifying glass and a cone shaped speculum. With the help of themagnifying glass and the light you can see clearly any signs of infections from swallowing to redness or unusual look, while the speculum is mainly used for the sensitive ear area.
Which otoscopes I can buy?
There are plenty of these items on the market so, before deciding to make any purchases, read some otoscope reviews. Search a well reputed website that sells various models and compare the items and the prices found on that website with the ones you usually find in professional stores or on other websites. There are plenty of useful otoscope reviews too which can help you decide on the features and the size of the product you want to buy.
Decide on a price range
For those of you who lack the medical knowledge and preparation but still want to have their own otoscopes, I suggest you go with the ones specifically designed to be used at home. They are significantly cheaper and easier to read and interpret, thus make the perfect option for day to day symptoms and regular patients. The price of an otoscope can range widely from as low as $100 to a staggering $1000, depending on the features, size and the manufacturing brand. Pocket otoscopes are easier to use and have smaller dimensions, which makes them suitable for carrying around all day long or store them in small deposit places.
A few leading brands
As previously mentioned, one quick net browse and you will find plenty of otoscope reviews on both cheaper and more expensive brands. However, bear in mind that when it comes to medical technology, most of the times the price range dictates the quality of the product. In other words, what you get is what you pay for. If you are looking for some leading competition brands, HEINE and Otoscreen are the most reputed and among the most expensive brands as well.