Ear Infection Treatment in Port Neches
Understanding Ear Infections
Everybody has dealt with the pain and discomfort caused by ear infections. Though ear infections are harmless a majority of the time, it’s important to have all the facts to properly diagnose and treat ear infections.
How Does an Ear Infection Start?
More often than not, ear infections affect the middle ear where the eustachian tubes connect to the back of your nose to your ears. During an ear infection, these small tubes become blocked, causing a build-up in the middle of the ear.
What are the Symptoms of Ear Infections?
Some people may not have obvious symptoms when an ear infection occurs. However, the most common ear infection symptoms include:
- Ear Pain
- Muffled Hearing
- Ear Pressure
Recurrent & Chronic Ear Infections
Just about everyone has dealt with an ear infection at some point in their lifetime. Ear infections are especially common in young children, but if you begin to notice that you or your child is consistently suffering from an ear infection, then it may be time to see Dr. Herndon, as this may be a case of recurrent or chronic ear infection.
What’s the Difference Between a Recurring & Chronic Ear Infection?
There is a subtle, but important difference between recurrent ear infection and chronic ear infection. An individual with a recurring ear infection is likely to experience ear infections all throughout their life, as they are simply more prone to developing them. If the person has a chronic ear infection, however, then they are suffering from a single infection that has never been fully able to heal and instead continues flaring up over and over.
Treating Ear Infections
It’s vital to treat ear infections as soon as possible. If left untreated, it can lead to a more severe ear infection, permanent hearing loss and problems with speech development in children. Treatment options for ear infections include:
- Antibiotics (Most common treatment option)
- Pain medications
- Prescription ear drops
If you suspect you may have an ear infection, schedule an appointment with Dr. Herndon today at (409) 729-6401.