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Signs That You Might Be Dealing With an Ear Infection

Learn to spot the warning signs of an ear infection.

If you have children then chances are good that know just how easy it is for them to develop ear infections. It’s important to be able to recognize the symptoms and signs of an ear infection, particularly in infants and young children that can’t tell you that their ears hurt. From the office of our Columbia, SC audiologists Dr. Kathryn McGee and Dr. Jason Wigand, here are some warning signs that your child may be dealing with an ear infection,

  • Tugging or pulling at the ears
  • Increased fussiness or clinginess
  • Difficulty sleeping or crying when lying down
  • Changes in hearing or trouble hearing certain sounds
  • Pus or fluid draining from the ears
  • Fever

An ear infection occurs when the middle ear becomes inflamed, which is the result of a bacterial or viral infection. When this happens, fluid builds up behind the eardrum, resulting in pain. Otitis media is the most common type of ear infection.

If your child is displaying any of the symptoms above or if they are old enough to tell you that they are experiencing ear pain then it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with one of our Columbia, SC, ear doctors.

How are ear infections treated?

Contrary to what you might think, you may be surprised to discover that not all ear infections will require medication. In fact, it may actually be best to let minor infections just run their course. This is usually the case with ear infections caused by viruses; however, if bacteria are present, this will require a round of antibiotics to get rid of the infection.

If children deal with persistent or recurring ear infections, then our ear specialists may recommend placing tubes within the eardrums, which can help drain any fluids that have built up behind the eardrum to reduce middle ear inflammation. These ear tubes can also reduce the chances of future ear infections.

With five convenient locations in Columbia, SC, Lugoff and Sumter, SC, Carolina Hearing Institute is your hearing and ear clinic within the Columbia, SC, area. If you or your child is dealing with ear pain or other signs of an ear infection call our office today at (803) 424-2208.

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