How To Heal An Ear Infection

How your ENT specialists in McKinney, TX, can help when you or your child has an ear infection

Ear infections are common, and they can be extremely painful. They can also interfere with balance and hearing ability. Fortunately, your ENT specialist can help.

Drs. Andrew Senchak, Joshua Caldwell, and Ann McRae at Texas Ear and Vestibular Institute in McKinney, TX, provide a wide range of ENT services, including treatment of ear infections. They proudly serve residents of Allen, and McKinney, TX.

Ear infections are more common in children because a child’s Eustachian tubes are narrower than those of an adult. They become plugged with bacteria, skin cells, and debris, and they don’t drain as easily, resulting in an ear infection.

Ear infections can also happen due to a virus, like the flu or a cold. Bacteria can spread from nose, to hands, to ears, causing an ear infection.

There are some obvious signs and symptoms of an ear infection to look out for, including:

  • Pulling, tugging, and scratching the ears
  • Ear pain and pressure, especially when lying down
  • A fever at or over 100 degrees
  • Drainage coming out of the ears
  • Balance and hearing difficulties
  • Headaches and appetite loss
  • Difficulty falling asleep due to pain

For mild ear infections, you can sometimes get relief if you:

  • Take over-the-counter pain medication
  • Place a warm, moist towel over your ear

For moderate to severe ear infections that aren’t relieved with simple home remedies, you need to visit your ENT specialist, who may recommend:

  • Antibiotics to kill the underlying bacteria and relieve the infection
  • Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medications to relieve pain and pressure

If your child has recurrent ear infections, your ENT specialist may also recommend placing ear tubes in your child’s ears. These help drain away fluid and prevent ear infections.

To learn more about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of ear infections, call Drs. Andrew Senchak, Joshua Caldwell, and Ann McRae at Texas Ear and Vestibular Institute, serving residents of Allen, and McKinney, TX. You can reach them in McKinney, TX, by calling (469) 678-2211, so call now.

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