There are many reasons why you might be experiencing ear pain. Allergies, sinus infections, tooth troubles and ear infections are all common reasons why your ear may be aching or ringing.
If you suspect an ear infection, it is important that you visit with your care team for a proper diagnosis. Our AFC Urgent Care Chattanooga team explains what an ear infection often feels like, so check out our latest blog below to learn more.
Where Do Ear Infections Come From?
Similar to other types of infection, they are commonly due to a virus or bacteria that made its way into your middle ear. Once it makes its way behind your eardrum, it can cause pressure to build up and it can block or inhibit the function of the tube in that ear that helps with fluid drainage. If your ear can’t function the way it needs to, it can cause pain, a fever and other general symptoms of infection.
Ear infections are one of the most common infections that we are exposed to. This is especially true for children! The vast majority of children will experience an ear infection early in life, so if you have kids in your home or in your care, it is important for you to understand the signs and symptoms of an ear infection.
Common Ear Infection Symptoms
- Pain inside ear
- Discharge coming from ear
- Feeling pressure in your ear
- Difficulty hearing
What Are the Treatments for Ear Infections?
Oftentimes, our bodies are well-equipped to fight off a middle-ear infection on their own. With enough rest and fluids, you can expect to feel better in a matter of days. You can also take some OTC pain relieving medication to help with the aches and pains in your ear.
If you don’t start feeling better within two to three days or your pain is getting worse, it is important to come see us. We can determine if a round of antibiotics is required and can help you feel better soon. Our AFC family is always here for you and your family!
Tips to Avoid Ear Infections
- Keep your ears clean and dry.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Avoid smoking.
- Stay up-to-date with the vaccination schedule.
Is your ear pain affecting your day? Drop by AFC Urgent Care Chattanooga to visit with our care team.