Ear Infections: Symptoms Causes and Treatment
December 31, 2021
What is ear infection?
Friends, let us tell you that this ear infection can be either a bacterial or viral infection. And in addition, they can be in your middle ear, the part of your ear behind your ear, as well as the outer and inner ear as well. They often clear up on their own but can be painful because of swelling and or this fluid buildup.
Please note that this ear infection can be chronic or acute. And its ear infections are painful and accompanying it but are short in duration. And that chronic ear infections either do not get cured and either they recur many times. They can damage the middle as well as the inner ear, and that is rarely permanent.
So keep reading to learn about ear infections including its causes, symptoms and treatment options.
How do you get ear infection?
Friends, let us tell you that this ear infection is caused by bacteria and viruses. Sometimes ear infections start after a cold and either it is after other respiratory infections. And with this, the bacteria or viruses travel through the Eustachian tube to the middle ear (there is one in each ear). And also this tube from the middle it connects the ear to the back of the throat.
What are the symptoms of ear infection?
Explain that these common symptoms of ear infection include:
- Like your ear pain, and that is especially when lying down.
- Pulling or pulling your ear.
- You don’t get that sleep.
- He makes you cry more than usual.
- Your haste
- You have trouble hearing or reacting to sounds.
- loss of balance.
- So Fevers of 100 F (38 C) and higher
- and that slight pain or discomfort just inside your ear
- And with it that constant feeling of pressure inside your ear
- And this ear drainage like pus
- and that deafness
Friends, these symptoms may persist and may either come and go. And its symptoms can be in one or both ears. And also, the pain is usually more severe with a double ear infection, and that is, it’s an infection in both of your ears.
And this may make the symptoms of a chronic ear infection much less noticeable than that of an acute ear infection.
Please tell that these are the symptoms of ear infection in children.
And along with symptoms that appear in adults, such as pain and drainage in your ear, young children and children may also show other symptoms of ear infections, such as:
- he rubs or pulls their ears
- and its not reacting to certain sounds
- and that you lose your balance again and again
- your headache
- you have that nervousness or restlessness
- you lose appetite
It should be noted that this ear infection usually lasts less than 3 days, and with it, but it can last up to a week.
It should be noted that children under the age of 6 months who have fever and other symptoms of ear infection, and they should show it to the doctor. And friends, if your child has a fever over 102°F (39°C) and either has severe pain in your ear, seek medical attention.
What causes ear infections and what increases your risk?
So that’s theses ear an infections are the caused by viruses and bacteria so that specifically or bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae and either this Haemophilus influenzae. And they also often result from a blockage of your Eustachian tubes, and that causes This is a buildup of fluid in your middle ear. The Eustachian tubes are small tubes that go from each of your ears directly to the back of your throat.
Causes of Eustachian tube blockage include:
- like you are allergic
- you have a cold
- and this sinus infection
- that extra mucus to you
- your smoking
- change in air pressure
Friends, let us tell you that you can also get ear infection from infected adenoids. And it’s your adenoids are glands on the roof of your mouth behind your nose and they help protect your body from infection. And its infection can spread from these glands only to the ends around your Eustachian tubes.
Risk factors for ear infections
Friends, tell us that this ear infection usually occurs only in young children and that is because they have small and at the same time they have narrow Eustachian tubes. And about 80 percent of children develop this acute ear infection at some point.
And it should be noted that babies who are bottle-fed are more likely to develop ear infections than their breastfed counterparts.
Other factors that increase the risk of developing an ear infection are:
- and this then the altitude change
- temperature as well as the change in humidity
- exposure to cigarette smoke
- and use this pacifier
- Recent illness and/or ear infection
- that you being the man
- you were low birth weight
- you lack access to healthcare
- you be in daycare
- Possible complications of your ear infection
So that Remember ear infection is a usually get better a without any intervention so and with that, but they can happen again.
So Theses rare and but it is a serious complication so can occur a after an ear infections:
- you deaf
- and speech or language delay in children, and those that are more common when there is chronic fluid in the middle ear
- And this mastoiditis (infection of the mastoid bone in the skull)
- Meningitis (a bacterial infection of the membranes covering the brain as well as your spinal cord)
- your torn eardrum
How are ear infections treated?
Friends, let us tell you that while most mild ear infections get better without any intervention, they can also help with the following treatments:
Let us tell you that these methods are very effective in relieving the symptoms of mild ear infection:
- You put a warm cloth on your affected ear.
- And take over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication such as ibuprofen (Advil) and either this acetaminophen (Tylenol).
- Use either OTC or these prescription ear drops for pain relief.
- And take this OTC decongestant like pseudoephedrine (Sudafed).
- Avoid sleeping on your affected ear.
- you must take your medical treatment
Friends, if your symptoms get worse and they either do not improve, then only you should see your doctor. And also if your ear infection is bacterial, chronic, and either it doesn’t get better on its own, and that then they may prescribe antibiotics.
Medical treatment in children
So That’s is a often the wait-and-see approach you to see when and the treating ear infections in the children and to avoid a over-prescribing antibiotic so this as well as those that lead to the antibiotic and the resistance It’s can be possible.
If the symptoms are severe and or do not resolve within 2 to 3 days, that doctor may sometimes prescribe you a prescription for antibiotics. And also optionally, they can write you a prescription, and recommend waiting first to see if your baby’s after 2 to 3 days. Symptoms get better and either don’t.
Note that it is important to finish your entire recipe. And that’s often the only 7- or 10-day prescription of amoxicillin that’s prescribed.
It should be noted that you should not give aspirin to your children without the instructions of their doctor so or this, is a aspirin is preventable of risk factor for the developing Reye’s syndrome and rare disorder that damages the brain as well as the liver.
Friends, let us tell you that this surgery can be an option as well as if your ear infection itself is not cured by normal medical treatments and either it is if you have many ear infections in a short period. .
And let us tell you that often, ear tubes are placed in your ears and that so that this fluid can come out so Theses tubes are the surgically and inserted into your eardrums. And they eventually fall out and those holes get fixed. And the one that sometimes requires surgical closure of these pores.
Guys that if you have that infection with the tubes, and that’s the only symptoms it will be pain, pressure and drainage instead of either it’s fever. In addition, these ear infections can be treated with drops.
And let us tell you that this same myringotomy surgery is another option. And friends, during this procedure, a doctor makes a small hole in your eardrum so that the fluid can drain out and relieve the pain. And with that the incision heals in a few days.
It is only in such cases that they involve enlarged adenoids, and that is, surgical removal of these adenoids on your own may be recommended.
When to see a doctor
Be aware that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends seeing a doctor if your child has:
- 102.2°F. fever over
- also that pus, discharge, and either this fluid oozes from your ear
- And also I have those worsening symptoms
- symptoms for more than 2 to 3 days
- and your deafness
Other related symptoms
Note that this is only for adults, if your symptoms last for more than 2 or 3 days, and either you have severe pain or fever, and that is only then go to your doctor. would be a good idea.
How are ear infections diagnosed?
In addition, a health care professional will consider your symptoms and examine your ears with an instrument called an otoscope with a light as well as a magnifying lens. And this can be known only by examination:
- Tell friends that it is redness inside the middle ear, and it is air bubbles, and either this pus-like fluid
- as well as that fluid discharge from the middle ear
- And that’s a perforation in the eardrum
- And it’s either a bulging eardrum or a collapsed eardrum
- Be aware that your test is rarely painful, as well as that but some children can be upset.
Other tests include:
- Fluid sample: friends this is if your infection is advanced, and that is only your doctor can take a sample of the fluid inside your ear and friends along with that he can do tests to determine and that some The same types of antibiotic-resistant bacteria exist and not either.
- The Computed tomography (CT) scan: that’s of Your doctor may order CT scan your head to the determine so that if the infections has a spread beyond your middle ear.
- Blood tests: And this is a blood test that can check your immune function.
- Tympanometry: This is what tympanometry allows doctors to measure and how well your eardrum responds to changes in air pressure inside your ear.
- Acoustic Reflectometry: Friends, this test measures how much sound is reflected from your eardrum to indirectly measure the amount of this fluid in your ear itself.
- Hearing test: Tell that you may need a hearing test, as well as that especially if you have a chronic ear infection.
What do ear infections feel like in adults?
Symptoms of an ear infection in adults are: You may have an earache (either a sharp, sudden ache, or a dull, persistent ache) with immediate hot drainage from the ear canal, as well as a sharp stabbing pain so as well as a feeling of fullness in my ear.
Can covid 19 affect your ears?
The researchers found that SARS-CoV-2 can infect the cells of the inner ear. And it may also explain the hearing and balance issues in some COVID-19 patients with viral infections of the inner ear.
How can ear infections be prevented?
Let us tell you that the following exercises can reduce the risk of ear infection:
- like washing your hands frequently
- And also I avoid overcrowded areas.
- leaving him calm with babies as well as small children
- and that your breastfed baby
- And that avoiding secondhand smoke
- and this so keep vaccination up to date
Let us tell you that this ear infection is caused by bacteria or virus in your middle ear, and that is the part behind your eardrum. And with that said, most ear infections get better within about 3 days, and this but severe infections may need to be treated with antibiotics.
It should be noted that ear infection is the most common in children. And friends, if you and your child have severe pain, fever over 102.2°F, runny ears, and either of these other related symptoms, it’s important to see your doctor.