Ear infections, also known as Otitis Media, is inflammation occurring in the middle of the ear. Most commonly found in children, ear infections are usually paired with another symptom set. Typically a cold, the flu, or the onset of allergies can lead to ear infections, and should be treated by a medical professional, to ensure proper healing and reduction of pain and hearing loss.
There are 3 different types of ear infection, and they all present differently. Acute otitis media is the most common ear infection. Otitis media with effusion encapsulates the two other types, as there can be infection that slowly goes away on it’s own, or with treatment, or it can be chronic. Determining which type will also determine the course of treatment and how long symptoms will occur. All recovery time is relative to when the infected ear begins treatment.
Symptoms can vary, depending on age, but tends to first present as an earache. Ear infections can also be a build of fluid in the middle ear, behind the eardrum. To treat, providers most often prescribe antibiotics to decrease the swelling and rid the ear of infections. In some cases, an instrument is used to determine fluid build-up and infection location.