Otitis media, also known as middle ear infection, occurs mostly where the Eustachian tube connects your ear to the back of your throat and drains fluid that the ear produces. If it doesn’t drain properly due to post nasal leakage, a sinus infection, a common cold or allergies, bacteria can build up, causing a non-contagious infection. These infections mostly affect children, though adults can get them as well.
Most ear infections can be treated by your primary care physician or your child’s pediatrician. However, if an appointment is not readily available and you would like to be relieved of your pain and get started with treatment, consult the medical professionals with the ease of a walk-in clinic at MyCare Express Clinic.
How is an ear infection diagnosed?
When you walk into a MyCare Express Clinic urgent care, our medical providers will carefully examine both ears, looking for:
If the infection is worse than expected or is considered advanced, we also may want to take a scan of your head to ensure it has not spread far past the middle ear. We may also recommend a hearing test to determine whether hearing loss has occurred.
What treatment is available for ear infections?
Our medical providers will determine a treatment plan suited to your infection. Treatments may include warm compresses, ear drops, antibiotics or ibuprofen. You should seek emergency care if you experience bleeding from your ear, severe hearing loss or if you suspect the eardrum may be perforated.
Repeated ear infections may cause eardrum scarring, which, over time, may lead to hearing and speech problems. Tympanostomy tubes may be inserted in the eardrum of a child who has frequent ear infections that will allow proper ventilation and drainage of ear fluid to prevent buildup. These tubes typically fall out on their own, but they can be removed by a doctor.