Ear infections are a painful, irritating condition which can quickly slow you down. However, knowing what to do if you find yourself with an ear infection could help you identify the problem quickly, so your doctor can help you with diagnosing and treating the issue before it becomes a more complex condition. Find out more about ear infections and how to deal with them with Augusta Ear, Nose and Throat with offices in Augusta, Evans and Thompson, GA, and Aiken, SC.
What causes an ear infection?
Ear infections occur due to the Eustachian tube, which lies inside of the ear’s canal, becoming inflamed, swollen or blocked or when fluid builds up inside the ear. Some common causes for ear infections include sinus infections, using tobacco, having excess mucus buildup, the common cold and allergies. Those who undergo sudden altitude or climate changes are at risk for ear infections, as well as children who use pacifiers.
Do I have an ear infection?
An ear infection often occurs alongside another illness like a cold or the flu. You may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- pain inside the ear
- hearing loss
- ear drainage which may resemble pus
- pressure within the ear
- fussiness or ear-grabbing in infants
Ear infections often come and go, but can become chronic, especially in children.
Ear Infection Treatments in Augusta, Evans, Thompson and Aiken
Treating an ear infection is often dependent on the cause of the ear infection itself. Your doctor will diagnose the ear infection by looking inside the ear for abnormalities like fluid buildup, draining fluids or damage to the eardrum. Treatment may begin conservatively with over-the-counter medications or ear drops and applying a warm compress to the ear. However, if these treatments fail, your doctor may suggest prescription medications or antibiotics. For those suffering from frequent ear infections, tubes placed within the ears to promote the flow of fluids can also help.
For more information on ear infections or their treatments, please contact your doctor at Augusta Ear, Nose, and Throat at one of their offices in Augusta, Evans and Thompson, GA, and Aiken, SC. Call (706) 868-5676 to schedule your appointment at one of the Georgia offices or (803) 649-0003 to schedule your appointment at the South Carolina office today!