How an ENT treats an ear infection
Ear infections can really affect your day-to-day life and cause an extreme amount of pain that can stop you from living your normal life. Dr. Ronald Allen, Dr. Thomas Phillips, and Dr. Theodore Kanne at ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia in Valdosta, GA, can help treat your ear infection and help you feel comfortable again. Continue reading to learn how your ENT can help treat your ear infection.
Signs and Causes of an Ear Infection
There are a few different symptoms to be aware of with ear infections. Some common symptoms are:
• Ringing in the ears
• Stuffy nose
• Sinus pressure
Ear infections are most common in children but can occur in any person. An ear infection can be caused by fluid buildup in the ear. There is also a tube that connects the ear and the throat and when the tube becomes swollen after a sickness, it can cause fluid to get stuck in the area behind your eardrum, leading to infection.
Treating an Ear Infection
Most ear infections should be able to disappear naturally, and pain can be lessened with the use of over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. You can also ease the pain by draping a warm cloth over the infected ear.
When an ear infection becomes more severe, your ENT in Valdosta, GA, may need to prescribe antibiotics to help reduce the growth of bacteria. If the ear infection doesn’t respond to antibiotics, minor surgery may be needed to drain out the fluid stuck in the ear.