Earaches and infections can interfere with your life, especially if they are frequent. The staff at ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia serving the Valdosta, GA, area knows how you feel and wants you to get better soon.
Some things to keep in mind are:
- Ear infections generally respond well to antibiotic treatment and decongestants.
- Keep your hands clean, especially when handling babies.
- Over-the-counter painkillers are effective in managing pain from the infection.
- Take care to manage your allergies. Make sure to control your asthma. Year-round allergies are a factor in getting recurrent ear infections.
- Do not insert foreign objects into the ears, such as hairpins or paperclips.
Stay away from tobacco use.
Cigarette smoke has many chemicals in it that inflame the soft tissues of the ears, nose, and throat. Quitting smoking and avoiding secondhand smoke reduces the chance of a recurrent ear infection.
Dry your ears thoroughly after swimming.
If you have water in your ear after swimming, you may use some drops to dry the ears of the remaining fluid. Water that stays in the ear creates a moist environment for bacteria and other pathogens, which in turn irritate the delicate tissues of the outer ear.
Maintain your general health.
Getting a cold or the flu can be tough, but it can be extra hard when you have an earache on top of it. Because these illnesses can spread and inflame the middle ears, it is especially important to keep the ears dry.
Contact us today to discover more options on how to break the cycle of ear infections. Call ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia in Valdosta, GA, at 229-244-2562 to schedule an appointment.