Ear Infections & Earaches

Ear infections are common in children. Adults may also suffer from ear infections and earaches. The pain from an earache can be miserable. Our healthcare providers are here to treat ear infections promptly and provide pain relief.
Ear infections can occur behind the eardrum or in the middle ear, or the outer ear canal. Middle ear infections are known as otitis media, and external ear infections are often called “swimmer’s ear” or otitis externa.
Ear infections will usually clear on their own using treatment for pain and other symptoms, but sometimes antibiotics are required. If ear infections become, frequent hearing problems can develop. You may be referred to an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist for frequent or recurrent ear infections.

Symptoms of an ear infection usually come on rapidly and may include:

  • Ear pain
  • Tugging or pulling at the ear
  • Fever
  • Dizziness
  • Drainage or fluid from the ear
  • Decreased hearing

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There are a few things you can do to help prevent ear infections. These include:

  • Prevent colds and other illnesses with frequent hand washing, covering coughs, keeping ill family members home, and limiting time spent in group child care.
  • Avoid second-hand smoke.
  • Breastfeed your baby.
  • If you bottle-feed, hold bottles upright, and don’t prop bottles or feed babies lying down.