Symptoms of an Ear Infection and Treatment Options

By Dr. Christina M McAlpin
June 23, 2021
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Ear Infection  

An ear infection is a prevalent cause of hospital visits for young kids. The common occurrence and abundant research into ear infections mean that there are numerous available treatment options. Your doctor, Dr. Christina McAlpin, can tell you What signs of ear infections to look out for in Los Angeles, CA.

Ear Infection Symptoms

For adults, it's usually a lot easier to tell if you have an ear infection. You might experience:

  • Reduced hearing
  • Fluid in ear
  • Ear pain and pressure

If you have kids, you might have to look out for other ear infection signs such as:

  • Excessive crying
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Tugging on the ear
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Ear pain
  • Loss of balance

Ear Infection Diagnosis

Your doctor can diagnose your ear infection in Los Angeles, CA, based on your symptoms. When in doubt, your doctor might investigate your ear further with an otoscope. The otoscope allows them to check for fluid build-up behind your eardrum. In some cases, a puff of air from a pneumatic otoscope could also be necessary for diagnosis. Advanced tests for an ear infection that your doctor might carry out include:

  • Tympanometry
  • Acoustic reflectometry
  • Tympanocentesis

Ear Infection Treatment Options

For children younger than 6 months old, your doctor will recommend antibiotics, usually Amoxicillin. Antibiotic therapy helps prevent the spread of the infection. Older children above 6 months and adults, might not need antibiotics immediately so your doctor might ask you to simply monitor the condition. Home therapies such as applying a warm compress to their ears could help relieve discomfort. You could also consider over-the-counter pain medication and ear drops to reduce your pain while you watch and wait.

If your ear infection persists, your doctor might put you on antibiotics to tackle the infection. Chronic ear infections that seem to go on for months or years might benefit from a myringotomy to release fluid buildup.

Are you having symptoms of ear infections in Los Angeles, CA? Dr. McAlpin will help you get the best available treatment for your condition when you call (213) 745-4060 to schedule your appointment.