Ear Infections 101

Ear Infections 101
0 October 20, 2017

It’s 2 A.M. in the morning and you hear your child crying in their bedroom because they have an ear infection. You are tired, your child is exhausted, and there is nothing that you can do. Ear infections can be some of the most uncomfortable and painful illnesses that both children and adults can have.

What exactly is an ear infection?

An ear infection occurs when one of your eustachian tubes becomes swollen or blocked, causing fluid to build up in your middle ear. Eustachian tubes are small tubes that run from each ear directly to the back of the throat.

Ear infections can be chronic or acute. Acute ear infections are painful but short in duration. Chronic ear infections either do not clear up, or they recur many times. Chronic ear infections can cause permanent damage to the middle and inner ear.

What are the symptoms of ear infections?

A few of the common symptoms of ear infections include:

  • Mild pain or discomfort inside the ear
  • A feeling of pressure inside the ear that persists
  • Fussiness in young infants
  • Pus-like ear drainage
  • Hearing loss

These symptoms might persist or come and go. Symptoms may occur in one or both ears. Pain is usually more severe with a double ear infection. Chronic ear infection symptoms may be less noticeable than those of acute ear infections.

Why do infants and young children tend to have ear infections?

The Eustachian tube, a canal that runs from the middle ear to the back of the nose and throat, is shorter and more horizontal in infants and young children than in older children and adults. This allows easier entry into the middle ear for the microorganisms that cause infection and lead to otitis media. Young children also have more immature immune systems. The result is that infants and young children are at greater risk of acquiring ear infections than adults.

Here are the top 4 natural ear infection remedies

  • Garlic Oil. The first thing you want to do, and you want to do internally in the ear, use garlic oil.
  • Tea Tree Oil. The second thing you want to be doing is taking something called tea tree oil, also known as Melaleuca.
  • Chiropractic Care. …
  • Nail Down the Root Cause (Allergies)

How are ear infections treated?

Most mild ear infections clear up without intervention. Some of the following methods are effective in relieving the symptoms of a mild ear infection:

  • Applying a warm cloth to the affected ear
  • Taking over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen
  • Using over-the-counter or prescription ear drops to relieve pain
  • Taking over-the-counter decongestants such as pseudoephedrine

If your symptoms get worse or don’t improve, you should schedule an appointment with one of the doctors here at MedHealth Urgent Care. They may prescribe antibiotics if your ear infection is chronic or doesn’t appear to be improving.

If a child under the age of 2 presents with ear infection symptoms, a doctor will likely give them antibiotics as well. It’s important to finish your entire course of antibiotics if they’re prescribed.

Does your child have an ear infection? Call today, (334) 229-9955.

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