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Ear infections are a very common medical issue, which often, but not always come along with a cold. Symptoms of an ear infection can include a sick feeling, an ache in the ear, a fever, hearing loss, dull hearing, or fluid inside of the ear.
Although bacteria and viruses spread easily, you cannot catch an ear infection from someone else. However, you should cover your nose and mouth if you cough or sneeze, and wash your hands regularly to avoid spreading bacteria. Avoiding the use of cotton buds to poke or clean the ear is a good idea as well, as you could damage the ear and spread bacteria by cleaning your ear using this method.
Since viruses are the most common reason for ear infections, the viruses usually will clear up on theirown without the need to treat the ear infection. However, you may opt for medications including pain killers as an approach to reducing your fever and lessening discomfort.
If an ear infection is caused by bacteria, your condition should also usually clear up on your own without the need for treatment. However, in cases where you have a significant amount of pain or when your symptoms do not go away after a few days, talking with an ear, nose, and throat specialist is a smart choice.
An ear, nose, and throat specialist can identify the cause of your ear infection by using a light to look inside of your ear. The diagnostic exam is painless, fast, and simple. Hearing tests, which are also painless and non-invasive, may also be performed as well.
If treatment is necessary for an ear infection, usually you will be prescribed antibiotics. In some cases, earwax or mucus may also be identified that is blocking your ear. When this occurs, microsuction may also be suggested by our ear, nose, and throat specialists so the blockage can be removed. This treatment is fast, gentle, and can be performed right at our clinic.
If the ear infection has spread into the middle ear, if you are experiencing discharge from your ear, or if a skin growth has formed inside of the ear, a mastoidectomy may become necessary. This is a surgery also called mastoid surgery, which is aimed at removing the skin growth or infection. You can usually return home on the same day that you undergo this routine procedure.
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