What is an Ear Infection?

An ear infection is a bacterial or viral infection that affects the middle ear. Inflammation and a buildup of fluid in the middle ear can cause painful infections, which can be caused by cold, flu, or allergy. While ear infections are common in children, they can also occur in adults.

Symptoms of an ear infection in children may include:

  • Ear pain
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Drainage from the ear
  • Tugging at the ear
  • Crying more than usual
  • Fever of 100°F or higher
  • Loss of appetite

Symptoms of an ear infection in adults may include:

  • Ear pain
  • Drainage from the ear
  • Trouble hearing

Treatments for Ear Infections

Several treatment approaches can be taken, depending on the cause of your ear infection. Because ear infections can often clear up on their own, treatment may consist of managing pain and monitoring the issue at first. Antibiotics may be prescribed to reduce inflammation, and over-the-counter pain relievers can be used to help reduce pain. For children who are experiencing recurrent ear infections, ear tubes may need to be placed.

If you or your child is exhibiting symptoms of an ear infection, visit Springfield Urgent Care today. We will work to diagnose and treat your ear infection symptoms quickly and efficiently.

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