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Are you or your child suffering from an ear infection? These ailments are very common, particularly in the young, and they can cause serious complications. At ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia, our doctors and audiologists understand ear infections. They help many Valdosta, GA, patients feel much better.
Your ears allow you to hear the sounds of the world around you. What you may not know is that the internal ear also helps you keep your balance. At ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia, your Valdosta otolaryngologists evaluate and treat infections of the outer, middle and inner ear. Each infection has its own distinctive symptoms, but, in general, irritation, pain and inflammation are common to all.
Treating the three kinds of ear infections
Your ear has three parts, the outer ear (the part you can see), the middle ear (including the ear drum and three small bones which conduct sound) and the inner ear (with its semi-circular canals, cochlea and vestibular and auditory nerves). Each part may become infected. Here are the details.
Otitis externa is a bacterial infection of the outer ear. Redness, pain and drainage are the presenting symptoms, and often, the bacteria originate in water or beach sand which collects during swimming. As such, otitis externa also is called a swimmer's ear. As symptoms begin, see your ENT physician as soon as possible for an exam, antibiotic and pain reliever as needed.
Otitis media affects the middle ear, and it is the type of ear infection common to children. Often occurring after a cold, it may be viral or bacterial in nature and exhibits symptoms of:
- Fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit
- Fussiness and crying in very young children and babies
- Muffled hearing
- Sharp ear pain or a dull ache which persists
- Ear drums which bulge with fluid accumulation
Comfort measures include medication for pain and a warm compress to soothe the irritated ear. Your otolaryngologist may advise antibiotic therapy with a bacterial infection, and recurring otitis media in kids may warrant the placement of slender ear tubes to avoid fluid build-up.
Finally, Otitis interna involves fever, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and ear pain. Some people experience hearing loss and ringing in the ears (tinnitus). Many of these infections are viral; however, some are bacterial and will respond to simple antibiotic therapy (Amoxicillin, as an example).
Hear well and feel better
For expert help with ear infections, please contact our doctors and audiologists at ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia in Valdosta, GA. They're the best resource for all your otolaryngology and allergy needs. Call for a consultation: (229) 244-2562.
Could the pain in your ear be a sign of an infection? Ear infections don't just affect children—they also cause major distress to adults as well. Fortunately, your Valdosta, GA, ENT specialists, Drs. Thomas Phillips, Ronald Allen, and Theodore Kanne, offer treatments that will improve your uncomfortable symptoms!
How are ear infections treated?
Ear infection treatment varies depending on the site of the infection, for they can occur in the inner, middle, or outer ear.
Treatment for Outer Ear Infections
Outer ear infections (also called swimmers' ear) happen when the outer part of your ear canal becomes inflamed and infected. Although these infections can occur if you get water in your ear when you swim or bathe, they may also be triggered by dirt, debris or sand.
Your Valdosta ENT may prescribe ear drops that stop the growth of bacterial or fungal infections. In some cases, you may also need antibiotic and pain relief drops.
Treatment for Middle Ear Infections
Middle ear infections are the most common type of bacterial illness in children, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Whether they occur in kids or adults, these infections can cause pain, fever, and hearing loss. Both viral and bacterial infections can cause middle ear infections.
Due to concerns about antibiotic resistance, antibiotics are no longer the first treatment option for middle ear infections. Luckily, if the ear infection is caused by a virus, it will probably clear up on its own. However, your ENT may prescribe antibiotics if your infection doesn't improve after a few days or if the infection occurs in a child younger than six months. Warm compresses, over-the-counter pain relievers, and drops to control pain can all be helpful.
Treatment for Inner Ear Infections
Inner ear infections affect the part or your ear that controls balance, and they can cause dizziness, pain, fever, nausea, and vomiting, in addition to hearing loss. The infections are more likely to occur if you have the flu or another virus, but they can also be caused by a bacterial infection.
Treatment options for inner ear infections include antibiotics, anti-nausea medication, and steroids to decrease inflammation.
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Prompt treatment of ear infections can help you avoid lingering pain and potential complications. Call our Valdosta office today at (229) 244-2562 to schedule an appointment!
Could your earache be caused by an infection?
Even though children are far more likely to deal with ear infections, anyone can develop an ear infection. Of course, it isn’t always easy to tell if the symptoms you are experiencing are due to an infection or something else. Find out the telltale signs and know when it’s time to visit our Valdosta, GA, otolaryngologists Dr. Ronald Allen, Dr. Thomas Phillips and Dr. Theodore Kanne for treatment.
There are three different kinds of ear infections: inner, middle and outer. The type of infection you are dealing with will often present with different symptoms.
Inner Ear Infection
If you have an inner infection, it’s important that our Valdosta, GA, ENT doctor examines the ear. After all, it could actually just be inflammation and not an infection; however, sometimes a more serious issue such as meningitis may be the cause. If you have an inner ear infection you may experience dizziness (vertigo), nausea and vomiting. You may also have trouble with balance. You may also notice some degree of hearing loss in the affected ear.
Middle Ear Infection
The middle ear lies behind the eardrum and this infection occurs when fluid builds up behind the eardrum. Therefore, the most common symptom is ear pain, pressure, and fullness. You may even notice fluid draining from your ear or have difficulty hearing (sounds may be muffled).
Outer Ear Infection
An outer ear infection, known as otitis externa, will start at the eardrum and affect the outside portions of the ear. More often than not, those with an outer ear infection may develop an itchy rash on their ear. The ear may also be red, swollen or tender to the touch.
Ear Infections in Children
As an adult, it’s pretty easy to know when it’s time to see a doctor and when you might be able to handle symptoms on your own. Unfortunately, infants and toddlers will not be able to tell you that they are experiencing an ear infection; however, here are some behaviors to be on the lookout for:
- Pulling or tugging at the ear
- Drainage coming from the ear
- Increased fussiness or clinginess
- Crying when lying down
- Difficulty sleeping
- Trouble hearing those around them
If your child is displaying any of these symptoms it’s best to play it safe and bring them in for an evaluation. Some infections will clear on their own but others with require antibiotics or medication to prevent complications.
Here at ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia, we are here to make sure that you get the quality ear, nose and throat care you deserve. No matter whether you are dealing with seasonal allergies or an ear infection, we can provide you with the treatment you need within Valdosta, GA, and the surrounding community.