Ear infections often occur with illnesses that include congestion, the swelling of the nasal passages, or swelling in the throat. Patients with ear infections typically experience pain, and some experience fluid draining from the ears. The treatment for ear infections will depend on the duration of the infection and if they have become chronic. Some ear infections do not require treatment, while others may need antibiotics or other forms of medical intervention. The providers at SFENTA can determine the proper course of treatment and help you find relief from your symptoms. 

Treatment Options

Pain Management

If a virus causes an ear infection, you will need to wait for the virus to clear on its own. In the meantime, your doctor may prescribe a pain reliever such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen along with a heating pad to help manage your discomfort.

Antibiotics

If bacteria is the cause of the ear infection, your physician will probably prescribe an antibiotic. It is absolutely essential to take the full treatment course that you are prescribed; otherwise, the infection could return and become resistant to medication.

Myringotomy

If the infection progresses and causes complications or continues to recur after treatment, a myringotomy may be recommended. This involves a small hole being created in the eardrum to drain the area. A tube may also be inserted to prevent the ear from getting “backed up” again.

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How Ear Infections Occur

Ear infections are found in the middle ear, which is located behind the eardrum. This area is where air passes through, which comes from the Eustachian tube: a small passageway connecting the throat and middle ear. The middle ear is usually kept clean and dry by the air passing through it. When an illness blocks the Eustachian tubes, the area becomes warm and damp. This makes the middle ear more prone to bacteria, resulting in an ear infection. 

Symptoms of an Ear Infection

The symptoms of an ear infection will depend on the age of the patient. In children, they include:

  • Pulling at the infected ear
  • Sudden difficulty sleeping
  • Reduced appetite
  • Ear drainage
  • Irritability
  • Fever

 In adults with an ear infection, the symptoms include:

  • Sharp and sudden pain or a dull and continuous pain
  • Drainage from the ear canal
  • A full sensation in the ear
  • Diminished hearing
  • Nausea

About SFENTA

South Florida ENT Associates offers patients the highest-quality ENT care from over 30 locations across South Florida. We pride ourselves on:

Patient-Centered Care

During your appointment, your needs are our top priority. Our care is personalized to you, no matter how simple or complex the diagnosis is.

Continuity of Care

Long-term relief is always at the forefront of our provider’s minds. We work to help you achieve it no matter how long it takes.

Our Highly Trained Physician Network

Our leading network of providers is made up of over 50 physicians. We have built an environment that allows them to collaborate, sharing their successful treatment methods and clinical knowledge.

Being a Community Staple

With over 30 years in South Florida, we’ve become part of the community. You’ll find our 30 offices throughout the area, ensuring you’re never far from our services.

Preventing Ear Infections

Unfortunately, you can’t prevent all ear infections. However, there are steps you can take to reduce your and your child’s risk:

  • Adjust bottle feedings. Babies who drink from a bottle while lying down are more prone to ear infections, so try to bottle feed your child while they are sitting upright.
  • Wash hands often. Wash your and your child’s hands with soap and water often to prevent the spread of germs that can cause ear infections.
  • Breastfeed. Babies who are breastfed for at least one year have fewer infections.
  • Wean from pacifiers. After one year old, children who still use pacifiers are at an increased risk for ear infections.
  • Avoid polluted air. Get plenty of fresh air and avoid pollution and cigarette smoke.
  • Immunize. Get your child immunized according to your Miami ENT's recommended schedule.
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Ear Infection FAQs

Do all ear infections require treatment?

No. Some may go away on their own, while others may not. Our SFENTA providers can help determine if treatment is necessary and the proper course.

What types of illnesses can cause ear infections?

The common cold, flu, or allergies can all cause ear infections.

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