An ear infection is not just annoying, but can also be very painful. If you're suffering from an ear infection, then you need to notify your Valdosta, GA, ENT specialists at ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia.
Your ear is composed of three parts: outer ear, middle ear and inner ear, which are all susceptible to ear infections.
- Outer Ear Infection (Swimmer's Ear): The external ear usually contractions bacterial infections which cause inflammation when your ear is exposed to water, sand or dirt. If you experience itching redness, swelling or pain that worsens if you tug on your ear or while you're chewing, you may be suffering from an infection, but need to notify your Valdosta ENT to be sure.
- Middle Ear Infection: The middle ear is a bit different because you can contract a viral or bacterial infection from another part of your body, airborne or food allergies, or a blocked Eustachian tube.
- Inner Ear Infection (labyrinthitis): The inner ear is most probably affected by other infections within the body. These infections can be anywhere from your sinus and throat to your tooth. If you're suffering from dizziness, fever, nausea, vomiting, hearing loss and tinnitus, you may want to call your ENT.
While ear pain may resolve itself, calling your doctor to make an appointment for an examination is always a good idea. Your doctor may diagnose you with an ear infection and locate where exactly it's located. If so, here are some treatment options they may prescribe:
- Eardrops to prevent bacteria from growing.
- Antibiotics may also be used if the infection is more extreme.
- Pain medication to help you cope with the pain caused by the infection.
- A more drastic treatment is to surgically insert a tube into the middle ear and drain any fluid that may be present.
- Another surgical procedure is the removal of the adenoids, which is called an adenoidectomy.
If you've been suffering from ear pain for an extended amount of time, make sure you call your doctor at ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia. They're conveniently located in Valdosta, GA, and can make an appointment with you if you call them at (229) 244-2562.