If your child wakes up with ear pain, dizziness, or trouble hearing, an ear infection may be to blame. Though annoying, ear infections are easy to diagnose and treat. At Raintree Healthcare in Allen, Texas, primary care providers Yuri Cook, MD, FAAP, Hoang Ho, MD, and the team regularly work with their patients to relieve the symptoms of both acute and chronic ear infections. If you or a loved one is suffering, make an appointment today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.
An ear infection, or acute otitis media, occurs due to an infection in your middle ear-–the air-filled space behind your eardrum. Anyone can develop an ear infection, but they’re especially common in children and adolescents.
Most ear infections resolve with conservative treatments such as prescription antibiotics. However, some people develop multiple ear infections. When this occurs, it can cause hearing problems, chronic infection, or other more serious complications.
The symptoms of an ear infection vary from person to person and depend on the severity. However, telltale signs include:
If your infant or toddler develops an ear infection, they might also pull at their ear, cry, or experience a loss of balance.
Signs and symptoms of an ear infection can indicate an array of medical problems. Visit the team at Raintree Healthcare right away if:
You should also make an appointment at Raintree Healthcare if you have a small child experiencing any of these symptoms. This is especially true if they’re six months or younger.
To diagnose an ear infection, your Raintree Healthcare provider does an exam, asks you questions about your symptoms, and reviews your medical history. Your doctor also uses a lighted instrument called an otoscope to look inside your ears, throat, and nose.
Treatment for an ear infection depends on the severity of your infection and symptoms. However, the team at Raintree Healthcare typically takes a conservative approach to care.
Usually, this includes a prescription for antibiotics and managing pain with over-the-counter medications like Tylenol or Advil.
If you or your child develop a chronic ear infection, more invasive treatments may be necessary. The team can drain your ear using an outpatient procedure known as myringotomy. During this procedure, your doctor creates a tiny hole in your eardrum and suctions out any excess fluids.
If you suspect you have an ear infection, don’t wait to seek treatment. Make an appointment at Raintree Healthcare today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.