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 pressu