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Find out how to treat chronic ear infections.
An ear infection occurs when there is inflammation, fluid or an infection behind the eardrum. Fortunately, most ear infections resolve on their own; however, when your ear infections don’t go away, or they keep returning, you should turn to our Springfield and Northampton, MA, otolaryngologists.
How Do I Know if I Am Dealing With Chronic Ear Infections?
Your ear infection is considered chronic if your symptoms persist for three months or more. If you have a chronic ear infection, you may notice that your symptoms aren’t as severe as an acute ear infection. You may experience mild pressure or discomfort in the tear. You may also experience muffled hearing or a loss of hearing. With chronic ear infections, symptoms may come and go. You can also develop a chronic ear infection in both ears.
What Causes Frequent Ear Infections?
Your chronic ear infection may be caused by an acute ear infection that won’t go away on its own or recurring ear infections. The best way to determine the cause of your ear infections is to turn to our team for an evaluation. While ear infections are more common in young children, this doesn’t mean you can’t still deal with ear infections as an adult.
When Should I Turn to an ENT Doctor?
If you are dealing with an ear infection that doesn’t go away or comes back, you should turn to our Springfield and Northampton, MA, ENT doctors for treatment. After all, chronic ear infections can permanently damage the ear if left untreated.
How Are Chronic Ear Infections Treated?
We will first need to determine what is causing your infection. It’s common to prescribe antibiotics to treat chronic ear infections. Ear drops may also be prescribed if you have a hole in the eardrum. Sometimes surgery is necessary to clean out the infection or repair the small bones of the ear or eardrum.
Are you living with frequent ear infections? If so, our Springfield, Northampton or Mary Lane Hospital, MA, otolaryngologists are here to help. Call Ear Nose & Throat, Surgeons of Western New England at (413) 732-7426, (413) 586-2033 or (413) 967-2249.
When you or your loved one starts experiencing pain in your ears, it can be difficult to function throughout the day or feel comfortable sleeping at night. Ear infections can make it difficult to participate in normal activities and when they happen often, they can disrupt your life and make it hard for you to feel comfortable. Your ENT doctors at Ear, Nose, & Throat Surgeons of Western New England in Springfield, Northampton, and Ware, MA, can help you understand what ear infections are, what may cause them, and how they can be treated.
Frequently Asked Questions About Ear Infections
Q. What is an ear infection?
A. An ear infection is when the middle ear has a buildup of fluid in it. This can be caused by improper draining or inflamed sinuses. Ear infections are most common in children because the tubes that drain fluid are horizontal for children. As we age, they start to become vertical and allow draining to happen more easily.
Q. What are common symptoms of an ear infection?
A. Often, you may experience pain and discomfort around the ears, sometimes accompanied by a fever. This can often happen after a cold or allergies. Young children may not be able to explain their symptoms, so you should also be aware of any irritability, inability to sleep or eat well, headache, or pulling at their ears. If you notice drainage around the ears, that could also be a sign of ear infection.
Q. How are ear infections treated?
A. Your ENT doctor in Springfield, Northampton, and Ware, MA, may recommend different options to treat ear infections. This could be to just wait it out and apply methods like icing the ears to relieve pain. If an ear infection is severe, they may prescribe antibiotics to help treat infection and relieve pressure from the ears.
Contact Your ENT Doctor Today!
Don’t hesitate to ask further questions about ear infections. Contact your ENT doctors at Ear, Nose, & Throat Surgeons of Western New England in Springfield, Northampton, and Ware, MA, to learn more about symptoms of ear infections and how they’re treated. Call for more information today at (413) 732-7426 for the office in Springfield MA, and (413) 586-2033 for the office in Northampton.
While more common in children, ear infections can happen at any age. Ear infections often clear up on their own after a few days. However, some infections require treatment from your ear, nose and throat doctor. Find out more about what causes ear infections and what you can do about them with your doctor at Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons of Western New England in Northampton, Ware and Springfield, MA.
Ear Infection Symptoms
The most obvious symptom of an ear infection is ear pain. However, other symptoms can help you determine if you are suffering from an ear infection. In adults, they include ear pain, fluid drainage from the ear and muffled hearing. Children, especially those who cannot yet talk, may exhibit different symptoms, including:
- tugging on the ear
- problems sleeping
- more irritable than normal
- crying more than normal
- balance issues
- loss of appetite
You should see your doctor if you or your child experience these symptoms more than a day or two, there is severe pain, you see blood or pus in fluid draining from the ear or if a child is under 6 months old.
Common Causes of Ear Infections
Ear infections can be viral or bacterial. The infection in the ear often occurs after the flu, common cold or allergies. Ear infections most often occur due to swelling and inflammation of the eustachian tubes, which regulate air pressure and drain the ear’s secretions. Children have smaller eustachian tubes, causing them to be more at-risk for ear infections than adults. Adenoids, which are pads of tissue located near the eustachian tubes, can also become inflamed to spark an ear infection.
Ear Infection Treatment in Northampton, Ware and Springfield
Your doctor uses various tests to determine the presence of an ear infection. Some ear infections go away on their own within the first few days. If your doctor recommends waiting to treat the infection, warm compresses and over-the-counter pain medications help relieve pain until the infection clears up. Antibiotics can treat bacterial ear infections. For recurring ear infections, your doctor may recommend ear tubes. These tubes, placed inside the ear canal, help drain fluids from the ear to prevent infection.
For more information on ear infections, please contact your doctor at Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons of Western New England in Northampton, Ware and Springfield, MA. Call to schedule your appointment for an ear examination today!