An ear infection is a bacterial or viral infection of the middle ear, the air-filled space behind our eardrum. Ear infections generally heal and clear up on their own, but treatment is needed if acute pain arises. Antibiotics are usually used to treat these infections without any complications. However, people who are prone to having multiple ear infections can face severe complications, especially hearing problems or worse. Learn all about ear infections in this article.
Signs of Ear Infections in Adults:
Signs of Ear Infections in Children:
When one of your eustachian tubes swells or gets blocked, an ear infection occurs. This causes the fluid and pressure to build up in your middle ear. Causes for this blockage can include allergies, cold, infection in the sinus, excessive mucus, smoking, swollen or infected adenoids (tissue near your tonsils that catch harmful bacteria and viruses), alterations in air pressure.
Treatment for ear infections depends on the patient’s age, the urgency of the infection, whether the condition is acute or long-term, etc. For instance, with mild ear infections, your healthcare provider may decide to wait to see if the infection heals on its own before prescribing an antibiotic.
For suspected bacterial ear infections, antibiotics can be prescribed to treat infections, as well as other pain medication and decongestants to help you or your child deal with pain and fever. For older children, your healthcare professional will want to wait for about three days before administering antibiotics to see if the infection clears up on its own. Antibiotics can be started immediately if you or your child’s ear infections are serious.
The following habits can help you avoid getting an ear infection:
If you experience any of the following signs, call your doctor right away.
At MI Express Care, we give expert counseling with the best healthcare services to provide the highest quality evidence-based treatment for you and your child. If you or someone you know has any symptoms of an ear infection, contact us right away.
Dr. Umayr Azimi, a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, is the Medical Director of MI Express Urgent Care and MI Express Primary Care in Canton, Michigan. He is a board-certified physician with advanced training in a wide range of non-life-threatening medical conditions. He believes that every visit is unique and treats every patient as an individual to ensure that all of his patients get the best treatment.