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Ear Infection

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Urgent and Family Care at Avery Ranch

Urgent Care & Family Care located in Austin, TX

Ear infections are one of the most common reasons that parents take their children to see a doctor. The team of board-certified physicians and clinical staff at Urgent and Family Care at Avery Ranch in Austin, Texas, diagnoses ear infections and offers rapid, effective treatment to ease your child's symptoms and restore their health. Call Urgent and Family Care at Avery Ranch, or make an appointment online for quality health care and affordable prices.

Ear Infection Q & A

What is an ear infection?

Ear infections are common childhood illnesses, although adults can get ear infections, too. The condition develops when a viral or bacterial infection develops in the middle ear, causing inflammation and fluid build-up. Some of the factors that contribute to ear infections include:

  • Allergies
  • Colds and respiratory infections
  • Sinus infections
  • Exposure to cigarette smoke
  • Infected or swollen adenoids

Acute ear infections are short-lived. They typically respond to treatment, and your child's symptoms fade away. However, some children experience chronic or recurring ear infections that can lead to permanent damage if not treated correctly. 

What are the signs of an ear infection?

The primary symptom of an ear infection is pain. Depending on your child's age, they may or may not be able to tell you about their symptoms. Other signs of an ear infection in children include:

  • Tugging or pulling at an ear
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Fussiness and crying
  • Trouble hearing
  • Balance problems
  • Fever
  • Fluid draining from the ear
  • Headaches 
  • Reduced appetite

Most mild ear infections subside on their own with a couple of days of rest, warm compresses, and over-the-counter pain relievers. However, if your child experiences chronic ear infections or their symptoms persist or get worse, call Urgent and Family Care at Avery Ranch. 

How is an ear infection diagnosed?

The team at Urgent and Family Care at Avery Ranch provides careful exams to diagnose ear infections. After reviewing your child's symptoms and medical history, your provider looks into your child's ear with an otoscope — an instrument with a light and magnifying lens. 

Your provider looks for a variety of signs of an ear infection, including:

  • Inflammation and redness
  • Air bubbles
  • Pus-like fluid
  • Fluid draining from the ear
  • A bulging or collapsed eardrum
  • A perforated eardrum 

Your provider might also take a sample of the fluid inside the ear to identify the specific type of infection, informing treatment. If your child has chronic ear infections, your provider might recommend a hearing test and CT scan to see if it has spread. 

How are ear infections treated?

Treatment for ear infections depends on their cause and severity. For example, the team at Urgent and Family Care at Avery Ranch might prescribe antibiotics to help your child fight off the illness. 

However, if your child has chronic ear infections, they might recommend placing tubes in your child's ears to help them drain fluid more efficiently and reduce their risk of infection and inflammation. 

If you think your child has an ear infection, call Urgent and Family Care at Avery Ranch, or schedule an in-office or telemedicine appointment online today.