Ear infections affect millions of people every year. Ear infections are common among children, as well as adults. They can occur in the outer or middle ear and are most often caused by viral or bacterial infections that cause fluid to become trapped in the middle ear. Infections can also occur in the outer ear; they are most common when the skin in the outer ear is dry and cracked. Ear infections can be either acute (of short duration) or chronic (persisting or reoccurring frequently). In case of any worse situation consult with an ear specialist near your location.
What Are The Causes Of Ear Infections?
The majority of these conditions are viral or bacterial in nature, usually occurring after a cold or upper respiratory infection.
Children are particularly prone to ear infections because of the smaller size of their Eustachian tubes. The tubes are horizontal, rather than vertical like those in adults, allowing for easy swelling and trapping of fluid in the middle ear. it is more prone to swelling; when this occurs, fluid is trapped in the middle ear. This fluid presses against the eardrum, causing pain, and can harbor germs that lead to infection.
The Symptoms of an Ear Infection Include:
If you experience any of the symptoms listed below, we recommend seeking medical attention immediately:
- Painful earache that affects both ears at once
- Hearing loss caused by fluid buildup
- Thickening of the eardrum due to accumulation of pus and other fluids from an infection
- Swelling inside the head that makes it difficult for sound waves to reach your eardrums
If you suspect that you have an ear infection, call our office immediately to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ram. We will examine your ears for signs of infection and determine whether treatment is necessary. Dr Ram ENT Hospital is a popular choice for patients from Ropar and across Punjab. Dr Ram Kumar, has over 13 years of experience in the field of ENT. He performs ear surgeries with great expertise and precision.
How To Get Rid of Ear Infections?
Treating an ear infection begins at home. To help soothe symptoms, gently press a warm washcloth against the affected ear. You may give your child eardrops and over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen to help relieve pain. Avoid aspirin, which can be dangerous to young children.
Your child’s doctor will likely prescribe antibiotics to treat a chronic ear infection. These should be taken until used up, even if your child’s symptoms appear to be improving; otherwise, the infection could worsen.
When medication is not effective, a surgical solution involving ear tubes may be considered. These are inserted in the middle ear and provide ventilation and fluids, keeping the ear clear and preventing infection. Most ear tubes remain in place anywhere from six to 18 months and eventually fall out on their own. If not, surgery to remove them is performed.