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Ear Infection


 

Ear Infection Q & A

Ear infections can be extremely painful and dangerous. The ear infection is also known as Otitis media. Otitis media is a middle ear infection, where the Eustachian tube connects the back of the throat to the ear. It drains the fluid there that the ear produces. If the drainage does not occur properly, infections can start developing along with the flu, a cold, a sinus infection, or allergies, which can develop into non-contagious infections. The main victims of ear infections are children, but adults can be affected by them too.

It is better to see a physician at the Family Urgent Care who will look after your problem thoroughly and recommend medicines according to your needs. If you are an adult, do not delay a visit to Family Urgent Care to get convenient care for the infection. If your child is facing the infection, Family Urgent Care before the infection can cause further complications.

Symptoms:

We believe that by bringing these symptoms in your knowledge might help you in creating a self-diagnosis at an early stage.

  • The patient may feel feverish when the infection starts getting serious
  • Ear pain is a very common characteristic when it comes to ear infections
  • The feeling of a clogged ear with pressure
  • Difficulty hearing
  • Drainage of slightly yellow color
  • Dizziness with vomiting and nausea

How do we develop a diagnosis?

First of all, the Family Urgent Care doctors make a few observations before diagnosing an ear infection. The observations are made based on:

  • If there are air bubbles, redness or leaking fluid of the middle ear
  • Whether the eardrum is perforated or not
  • Whether the eardrum is collapsed or not

If the infection seems very dangerous, then certain examinations like scanning of the head occur to make sure that the infection has not passed the middle ear. Also, a hearing test is recommended by the doctors to check whether the hearing ability is affected or not.

Treatment:

Warm compress, ear drops, antibiotics, and/or ibuprofen can help treat the patient. Other than this, tympanostomy tubes may be inserted for proper drainage in case of a damaged eardrum.

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