Otolaryngology & Allergy Testing & Immunotherapy Clinic located in Mandeville, Hammond, & Slidell, LA
Ear pain can indicate an ear infection, and they don’t just affect kids. Adults can suffer earaches and infections that cause pain, fever, and disrupted hearing. If you have ear pain, contact the specialists at SLENT with locations in Mandeville, Slidell, Metairie, and Hammond, Louisiana. The otolaryngologists evaluate your symptoms and offer treatment to resolve your ear infection in an effective and timely manner. Call for an appointment or book online.
Ear Infection Q & A
What causes an ear infection?
If bacteria or viruses take hold in the middle ear, you can develop an ear infection. It may be triggered by a cold or upper respiratory infection. The shape of your eustachian tubes that run from each middle ear to the back of the throat can trap bacteria and cause an infection. If you have swollen adenoids, pads of tissue that play a role in immunity, they can also block the eustachian tubes and cause an infection.
What is otitis media?
Although the term “otitis media” is often used to describe an ear infection, otitis media is actually inflammation and fluid buildup in the middle ear that may or may not include a bacterial or viral infection. It often occurs when the eustachian tubes are blocked. Otitis media can cause mild hearing problems and feelings of fullness in the ears.
Can adults get ear infections?
Ear infections are common in children, but adults aren’t immune. The infections occur when the space behind the eardrum traps bacteria or viruses, causing pain and inflammation. Often these infections clear up on their own, and you just need help managing the pain. In some cases, antibiotics are prescribed to clear up the infection.
When should I see a doctor for an ear infection?
In many cases, mild or moderate ear pain resolves on its own. But if your symptoms or your child’s symptoms last for longer than a day and are severe, call SLENT’s offices to schedule an evaluation.
If your ear pain is accompanied by a discharge of pus or a bloody fluid, definitely contact one of the offices. A fever along with the infection also warrants evaluation.
Can earwax cause an ear infection?
When earwax becomes impacted due to a swab or other object being pushed too deeply into the ea, it can cause an infection. Suspect earwax build-up if you experience:
- Itching in the ear
- Muffled hearing
- Ringing in the ears
- Discharge from the ear
A few drops of mineral oil placed inside your ear can help dissolve impacted wax. For stubborn cases, you may require a prescription solution to soften and break up the wax.
If you suspect an ear infection, call one of the SLENT offices immediately for evaluation and treatment. Alternatively, you can book an appointment using the online tool.
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