Ear infections can cause a great deal of discomfort both in adults as well as children. Here are some answers to common questions with regard to ear infections.
How do I treat an ear infection?
Applying a warm compress over the ear might help to relieve the pain from an ear infection to some extent. However, this is likely to offer only temporary relief. Most ear infections may require some kind of ibuprofen or acetaminophen based pain medication. If there is a pain in the ear along with fever and if the fever persists for over 48 hours, the administration of antibiotics might be necessary as per your doctor’s prescription.
Do all ear infections need antibiotic treatment?
If your ear infection is caused by a viral, the administration of antibiotics will serve no purpose. However, when the ear infection is bacterial in origin, a course of antibiotics would help to clear up the infection and prevent it from worsening.
What causes ear pain?
While some types of ear pain may be the result of an impact injury, the most likely cause of ear pain is an infection that may occur in the middle ear or in the ear canal. These infections need to be treated with antibiotics in order to alleviate the symptoms.
What are the causes of ear infections?
Most middle ear infections are usually bacterial or viral in origin. In some cases, owing to severe allergy or an upper respiratory tract infection, the Eustachian tubes running from the throat to the middle ear may also get blocked. As a result, air cannot flow to the middle ear. This cause a vacuum which suctions fluid from the throat into the ear, leading to infection and pain.
What are the symptoms of ear infection?
The most common symptoms of ear infection are:
- Pain in one or both ears
- Watery or pus-like discharge from one or both ears
- A sense of blockage in the ear
- Pain in the ear when yawning or coughing