Ear conditions happen due to a variety of reasons or causes. Some are common while others are more rare, but it is important to understand how these conditions occurred and what can be done to remedy it.
An ear infection is a condition that affects both children and adults; it occurs when the middle ear is contaminated by a virus or bacteria. Located just behind the eardrum, the middle ear can become inflamed or build up fluid, both of which can create pain. An ear infection involves the blockage of the eustachian tubes caused by a cold, allergies, smoking, or problems with the adenoids.
To diagnose an ear infection, or another condition based on the symptoms you describe and an exam, the practitioner will likely use a lighted instrument (an otoscope) to look at the ears, throat and nasal passage.
Ear infections can present a variety of symptoms, including drainage, hearing loss, pain or pressure in the ear, and fussiness in young children. In many cases, ear infections are acute and clear up without much complication, however for recurring infections or ones that are extremely painful, we recommend making an appointment with our office.