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Ear Infection (Otitis Media)

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Ear Infection (Otitis Media) Treatment in Kondapur, Hyderabad

A virus or bacterium causes the region behind the eardrum to become inflamed, resulting in a middle ear infection, also known as otitis media. Children are the ones who are most affected. By the age of three, 80 per cent of children get middle ear infections, according to the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford.

The most common times for middle ear infections are in the winter and early spring. Middle ear infections frequently clear up on their own without the need for treatment. If the discomfort persists or you have a fever, you should seek medical attention.

What are the different forms of ear infections in the middle ear?

Acute otitis media (AOM) and otitis media with effusion are the two kinds of middle ear infections (OME).

Acute otitis media (inflammation of the middle ear)

This form of ear infection manifests itself fast, with swelling and redness in the ear behind and around the eardrum. As a result of retained fluid and/or mucus in the middle ear, fever, ear discomfort, and hearing loss are common.

Medial otitis with effusion

Mucous and fluid may continue to build up in the middle ear after an infection has cleared. This might make you feel like your ear is "full" and impair your ability to hear well.

What Are the Symptoms of Ear Infection (Otitis Media)?

There are a variety of symptoms associated with middle ear infections. Some of the most common are:

  • irritability
  • ear pain
  • tugging or pulling at the ears
  • difficulty sleeping
  • yellow, clear, or bloody discharge from the ears
  • fever
  • problems hearing
  • loss of balance
  • diarrhoea
  • nausea and vomiting
  • congestion
  • decreased appetite

How Is Ear Infection Diagnosed?

Your doctor will perform a physical examination and ensure that they know your child's medical history. Using a lighted device called an otoscope, your doctor will examine the outer ear and eardrum for redness, swelling, pus, and fluid during the exam.

Your doctor at Apollo Kondapur may also do a tympanometry test to see if your middle ear is functioning properly. A device is inserted into the ear canal for this test, which changes the pressure and causes the eardrum to vibrate. The test monitors vibration changes and plots them on a graph. The results will be interpreted by your doctor.

How Can We Treat Ear Infection?

Middle ear infections can be treated in a variety of ways. Your doctor will treat your kid based on his or her age, health, and medical history. Doctors will also take into account the following:

  • The infection's intensity
  • the capacity of your child to tolerate antibiotics
  • the parents' view or preference

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Depending on the severity of the illness, your doctor may advise you that treating the discomfort and waiting for the symptoms to go away is the best option. Typical therapy is ibuprofen or another fever and pain reliever.

If your symptoms continue for more than three days, your doctor is likely to prescribe antibiotics. Antibiotics, on the other hand, will not treat an illness caused by a virus.

Although ear infections are more prevalent in children than in adults, adults are nonetheless susceptible to them. Adult ear infections are usually indicators of a more significant health condition, as opposed to paediatric ear infections, which are generally mild and resolve rapidly.

If you're an adult with an ear infection, pay attention to your symptoms and contact your doctor as soon as possible.

If I or my child develops an ear infection, what should I expect?

Children's ear infections are very frequent. Adults can also acquire them. The majority of ear infections are not dangerous. Over-the-counter pain relievers and fever reducers will be recommended by your healthcare practitioner. Pain relief might start as soon as a few hours after you take the medication.

When should I schedule a follow-up appointment with my healthcare provider?

When you need to return for a follow-up appointment, your healthcare practitioner will let you know. The eardrum of you or your child will be checked at that session to ensure that the infection is clearing up. Your healthcare practitioner may also wish to do a hearing test on you or your kid.

Is it necessary to protect my ears if I have an ear infection and walk outside?

If you walk outside, you do not need to cover your ears.

Is it safe for me to swim if I have an ear infection?

Swimming is safe as long as you don't have an eardrum tear (perforation) or drainage coming out of your ear.


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