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Ear infections tend to be more common in children, but adults are not immune. Ear infections develop in the middle ear and often occur with or have similar symptoms to a common cold or flu. While some infections clear up on their own and symptoms can be relieved with over the counter medication, the ear doctors at Spartanburg | Greer ENT & Allergy in Spartanburg, SC, and Greer, SC, recommend seeking treatment for symptoms that persist for more than a few days or are accompanied with additional symptoms like significant pain and fever.
Ear Infection Treatment in Spartanburg, SC, and Greer, SC
Ear infections can be caused by bacteria or a virus, where fluid builds up and does not properly drain, due to inflammation and congestion in the nasal passage.
Symptoms of Ear Infections in Children
- Ear pain
- Trouble sleeping
- Difficulty hearing
- Balance problems
- Appetite loss
- Fluid drainage from ear
Symptoms of Ear Infections in Adults
- Ear pain
- Obstructed hearing
- Fluid drainage from ear
Preventing Ear Infections
Because ear infections, colds, flu, and seasonal allergies tend to go hand in hand, the best way to prevent ear infections is to take precautions against colds, from washing hands frequently to avoiding close proximity to sick people at school or at work.
Other risk factors for ear infections include:
- Exposure to second hand smoke and/or poor air quality
- Infants and young children under age two tend to be more susceptible
- Cold weather
- Bottle feeding
In many cases, ear infections will clear up on their own, or with antibiotics if they are caused by a bacterial infection. Draining excess fluid buildup in the ear is another treatment method. The ear doctor will perform an exam and determine the best treatment option. Chronic ear infection sufferers may also require regular monitoring and follow up treatment.
Find an Ear Doctor in Spartanburg and Greer, SC
For more information about the signs and treatment options for ear infections, contact Spartanburg | Greer ENT & Allergy to schedule an appointment with an otolaryngologist by calling 864-582-2900 in Spartanburg, SC, or 864-699-6970 in Greer, SC!
If so, you may be able to take part in a clinical research study testing an investigational drug in people with tinnitus. After thorough examination, the study drug will be applied directly into the ear.
- Between 18 and 75 years old
- Suffering from tinnitus following an injury to your inner ear or middle ear infection
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If your child has tubes inserted in their ears and suffers from the ear pain, fever and irritability (particularly in infants) of an ear infection, we need your help.
Our clinical research trial is testing an investigational medication (ear drops) for ear infections in children with tubes in their ear(s), both male and female. To be eligible, participants must be between 6 months and 12 years of age and exhibit the typical symptoms of an infected ear.
Study starts soon.
Contact our office today or go to www.InfectedEarStudy.com to get all the details on participating in the study.
Spartanburg Ear, Nose and Throat
1330 Boiling Springs Road, Suite 1400
Spartanburg, SC 29303 864-582-2900
[adapted from The Better Hearing Institute]
The bad news: A study by Henry Ford Hospital shows a direct association between cotton swab use and ruptured eardrum.
The good news: The study also shows that, in most cases, the rupture heals on its own and surgery is only necessary for the most severe cases.
More than half of patients seen in otolaryngology clinics, regardless of their primary complaint, admit to using cotton swabs to clean their ears, and if the cotton swab is pushed too far in the ear canal, it can cause tympanic membrane perforations (TMP), which can lead to facial paralysis and vertigo.
A ruptured eardrum can be treated in one of two ways, depending on the severity of the symptoms. The most common method of treatment is observation of the perforation by an otolaryngologist because often the eardrum will heal on its own within 2 months. More severe cases are treated with surgery.
Instead of cotton swabs, patients should use the following alternatives to clean the inner ear:
- Take cool peroxide, hot tap water and mix equally. Be sure it is body temperature and gently irrigate the ear one or two times per month.
- Take plain vinegar and water and use four or five drops in the ear once a week.
- See a doctor, who can remove ear wax for you.
- Try an over-the-counter treatment such as Debrox.