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  Marjorie Comer   November 23, 2016   Infection, Ear 0 Comments

What an ear infection looks like

Velocity Care understands the pain of an ear infection

Ear infections can be dangerous if left unchecked.Ear infections are quite unpleasant. They can cause a great deal of pain and make it difficult to eat and sleep. An ear infection is caused by fluid trapped in the middle ear. It’s a secondary infection, similar to bronchitis, and usually stems from bacteria or a virus that causes the swelling and congestion of Eustachian tubes, nasal passages and the throat.

The Eustachian tubes control air pressure in the ears and drain fluid from the ears. In children, the Eustachian tubes are more narrow, which makes them easier to clog and more difficult to drain.  

Who gets an ear infection?

Young children are most susceptible to ear infections, especially those in group-child care settings. Infants who are bottle-fed tend to have more ear infections than infants who are breastfed, typically due to the angle babies are positioned in when feeding.

Those who fly, especially younger children, can be prone to ear infections. Individuals with seasonal allergies also tend to experience more ear infections during times of high pollen count. Additionally, poor air quality increases the probability for both children and adults to get ear infections.

Symptoms

Children often have difficulty explaining their pain. It’s important to watch for these signs and symptoms in children:

  • Difficulty hearing and responding to sounds.
  • Fever of 100 degrees or more.
  • Fussiness in infants.
  • Irritability.
  • Lack of appetite.
  • Loss of balance.
  • Tugging or pulling at the ear.
  • Trouble sleeping.
  • Yellow fluid and discharge from the ear.

Common symptoms in adults include:

  • Discharge of fluid from the ear.
  • Hearing loss.
  • Pain in the ear.
  • Persistent ear pressure.

When to visit an urgent care clinic

Seek the care of a medical professional if:

  • Symptoms last more than one day.
  • Symptoms occur in a child 6 months or younger.
  • Irritability continues after an upper respiratory infection or cold.
  • Pus, discharge and/or blood is draining from the ear.

A medical professional can diagnose an ear infection and create a treatment plan of action. Persistent ear infections can lead to speech delays, loss of hearing, eardrum tears or even the spread of infection. If you or a family member is suffering from symptoms of a possible ear infection, visit a Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center today for quick, professional care. The friendly, highly trained physicians will have you feeling better in no time.

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Medical disclaimer

This site offers medical, health, fitness and nutritional information and is designed for educational purposes only. General information found on this website is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your health care professional.  If reading after hours, one option for treatment is to seek an urgent care or  walk-in clinic for medical advice. 

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