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By Spartanburg & Greer ENT
April 11, 2019
Category: Ears
Tags: Ear Infection  

Ear infections tend to be more common in children, but adults are not immune. Ear infections develop in the middle ear and often occur Ear Infectionwith 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
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Difficulty hearing
  • Balance problems
  • Crying/irritability
  • 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!