By Princeton Eye and Ear
May 08, 2018
Category: Ophthalmology
Tags: Ear Infection  

Are your ears in pain?ear infection

If you think you are suffering from an ear infection, then you need to contact your ENT specialists in Lawrenceville, Plainsboro and Freehold, NJ.

More About the Ear:

Children are the most susceptible to ear infections. They may suffer from painful earaches in any of the three parts of your ear: the outer ear, middle ear and inner ear.

In order to help your child, you need to understand the different types of ear infections:

Outer Ear Infection (Otitis Externa or Swimmer's Ear): This ear infection is a result of a bacterial infection that causes inflammation in the outer ear. When there's moisture surrounding the ear, like when swimming or when it's humid, your child is more prone to contracting an outer ear infection from water, sand or dirt. There may also be issues with fluid drainage in the ear. Ear infections are usually resolved in about 10 days, but here are some symptoms to look out for:

  • Severe pain
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Swelling in the outer ear
  • Pain while chewing or when pulling on the ear

If you notice any of the symptoms, contact a doctor at any of the following locations: Lawrenceville, Plainsboro, or Freehold. If otitis externa is left untreated, your child may suffer from

  • Hearing loss
  • Recurring ear infections
  • Bone and cartilage damage.

Treatment options include:

  • Eardrops to block bacterial growth
  • Antibiotic and pain medication

Middle Ear Infection (Otitis Media): This ear infection is a result of bacteria or viruses that are airborne, foodborne, or due to infections in other parts of the body, or a blocked Eustachian tube.

Treatments vary according to the cause of the infection, so your doctor may prescribe anything from eardrops to surgical insertion of a tube to help drain fluid in the middle ear.

Inner Ear Infection (Otitis Interna or labyrinthitis): Inner ear infections are usually a result of other infections and symptoms include:

  • Dizziness
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Hearing loss

If you suspect you or your child may have an ear infection, please contact your doctor at any of the following office locations: Lawrenceville, Plainsboro and Freehold, NJ.

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