Ear Infections – Boys Town Ear, Nose & Throat Institute

Ear infections are most common during the
cold and flu season. Some inflammation or obstruction of the nose
blocks the station tube in the back and fluid builds up in the ear and sometimes that fluid
in the ear drum can get infected. Fairly common in children under 2 years of
age but can continue throughout childhood and some have problems that persist in adulthood. Often kids will develop a fever, ear pain
where they are pulling or yanking on the ear, irritable, fussy, not eating or drinking well,
not sleeping well, sometimes they will get drainage out of the ear that is yellow or
foul smelling. In adults, it’s ear pain, usually the ear
feels full, they don’t hear well, they can have a fever. Often ear infections will clear with antibiotics. If there is concern for hearing loss, persistent
fluid, then for a sheer number of infections, placing ear tubes or pressure equalizing tubes
is another option. They decrease the number of infections and
the pain and symptoms that go along with each ear infection. Very frequent or recurrent ear infections,
such as getting 4-6 ear infections a year. Any concern for hearing loss or speech delay
should prompt at least a basic hearing evaluation. The sooner you catch it, the better it is
for the child and the quicker you can restore their hearing back to normal if possible.

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