Ear Infections

What is an Ear Infections?

An ear infection is an infection of the middle ear, which is the air-filled area behind the eardrum that houses the ear’s microscopic vibrating bones. Ear infections are more common in children than in adults.

Because ear infections usually heal up on their own, pain management and monitoring may be the first steps in therapy. Antibiotics are sometimes used to treat infections. Multiple ear infections are common in certain persons. This can result in hearing loss and other significant consequences.

Causes & Treatment

Symptoms of Ear Infection?

An ear infection usually manifests itself fast, with the following symptoms:

  • pain inside the ear
  • a high temperature
  • a feeling of pressure or fullness inside the ear
  • itching and irritation in and around the ear
  • scaly skin in and around the ear
  • being ill
  • a lack of energy
  • difficulties hearing
  • discharge pouring out of the ear
  • a feeling of pressure or fullness inside the ear

 

How is Ear Infection Treated?

DO’s

take pain relievers like paracetamol or ibuprofen (children under 16 should not take aspirin)

a warm or cold flannel placed on the ear

Wipe the ear with cotton wool to eliminate any discharge.

DON’T’s:

Cotton buds or your finger should not be used to remove earwax from your ear.

Do not get shampoo or water in your ear.

Decongestants and antihistamines should not be used because there is no proof that they help with ear infections.

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