Otitis media is inflammation or infection of your middle ear – located between the eardrum and the inner ear and includes the eustachian tubes. This area can become blocked with mucus, bacteria, or pus and an infection can develop.
Ear infections are more common in young children and infants, but can also occur in adults. They are also more common in the winter than any other time of year. While ear infections are not contagious, they sometimes develop after and as a result of a separate, contagious disease (such as a cold).
Acute otitis media causes pain, fever, and difficulty in hearing.
Otitis media with effusion occurs when there is no longer an ear infection, but fluid remains in the middle ear.
SIGNS OF EAR INFECTION IN VERY YOUNG CHILDREN
POSSIBLE CAUSES OF EAR INFECTION
RISK FACTORS FOR EAR INFECTION
Most ear infections go away on their own, which is why the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended a “wait and see” approach during the three days after a patient develops symptoms. More complicated infections, or the presence of other risk factors in the patient’s history, may require immediate treatment with an antibiotic.
If your child experiences recurrent ear infections or otitis media with effusion (OME), your AllergyCorp Group doctor may recommend a surgical procedure that removes fluid from the ear. This procedure may involve leaving tubes in the child’s ear to reduce the likelihood of future ear infections by facilitating drainage.
If you think you or your child may be experiencing an ear infection, our clinical staff at the AllergyCorp Group are here to help. Our physicians train in the ENT specialty can find relief for ear symptoms.