Ear Infection Treatment
The ears contain canals and tubes that can be invaded with fluid, bacteria and other substances, resulting in an ear infection. There are many possible causes of ear infections that can cause pain and other symptoms. If you need ear infection treatment in the Los Angeles, CA, area, contact us at Beverly Hills Concierge Doctor. We offer diagnosis and treatment for ear infections at our urgent care center in Beverly Hills, CA.
Symptoms of Ear Infections
Ear infections are common and may affect the outer, middle and inner ear, but infection is usually within the middle ear. When fluid and bacteria are trapped inside the ear canals, the bacteria can flourish and cause inflammation. Most ear infections can clear up on their own, but some can become serious. Symptoms of an ear infection in adults include:
- Ear pain
- Fluid draining from the ear
- Hearing loss or muffled sounds
Children are very susceptible to ear infections. Small children may not be able to tell you their symptoms, but possible signs of ear infections include:
- Pulling or tugging at their ears
- Abnormal crying
- Trouble sleeping
- Not hungry
- Fever over 100 F
- Fluid in ear
If symptoms persist for more than a day, both adults and children should see a doctor. Signs of an ear infection in infants six months and younger can be serious, and the child should be seen by a doctor.
Causes of Ear Infections
Any upper respiratory condition can contribute to an ear infection. Bacterium or viruses can cause infections in the middle ear or acute otitis media. Inflammation in the nasal tissues or sinuses from colds, flu or allergies can result in swelling that impacts the eustachian tubes that connect the nose and ears. When the eustachian tubes are blocked, this can result in an ear infection.
Most ear infections can be managed with medications to control pain and infection. Treatment for the underlying causes can provide relief, such as antibiotics, antiviral or allergy medications. Chronic ear infections can result in damage to the ear components and may lead to hearing loss. Ear infection treatment can help avoid serious complications or spread of the infection.
If you or your child has symptoms of an ear infection and you need treatment, contact us at Beverly Hills Concierge Doctor. We offer same day and walk-in appointments at our LA urgent care clinic.