• 4 Warning Signs That You (an Adult!) Might Have an Ear Infection

    on Nov 29th, 2018

Adults tasked with watching over small children learn what to look for when it comes to signs of a possible ear infection. Many of them fail to take those same precautions when it comes to recognizing symptoms in their own body. Any local Saint Louis residents with ear infection symptoms should stop by AccuHealth Urgent Care. The physicians there know how to identify and treat health ailments with compassion and skill.

Why adults should be concerned about ear infections

It’s very common for children to contract ear infections and get over them relatively quickly. Adults tend to get hit much harder than children by the effects of the illness. Ear infections in adults are often a sign of a more serious issue going on elsewhere in the body. That’s why it’s so crucial for them to get treatment as soon as possible to address the underlying cause of the infection.

4 warning signs to look for

You can get an ear infection within the inner, middle, or outer portion of the ear. Here’s what you should be looking for when it comes to signs of a possible ear infection in any section:

  1. Pain in the ear. Your ear may be swollen and painful to the touch. Middle and inner ear infections may cause pain to radiate from deeper inside your ear canal.
  2. Trouble with your hearing. You may find yourself having difficulty making out sounds or following conversations in your affected ear. It may feel like something’s stopping up your ear entirely. Having this issue is usually a sign your middle ear is the source of the infection.
  3. Discharge from the ear. Sometimes pus or other fluids build up behind the eardrum or other ear structures.
  4. Dizziness and nausea. These types of symptoms tend to accompany issues with the inner ear. You may have something more serious driving your ear problems besides an infection.

Common causes of ear infections

Respiratory issues are a common reason for an adult to end up with an ear infection. You may end up contracting a bacterial infection that moves from one of your eustachian tubes to the other. They can swell and not drain properly, causing a buildup of fluid inside your eardrum.

You may also contract what’s called “swimmer’s ear” after bathing or going swimming. Any water left behind could become a haven for bacteria that move down your ear canal. Scratching or otherwise irritating your ear could cause the infection to spread faster.

Smokers and those exposed to a lot of secondhand smoke can also be prone to developing ear infections. Those with seasonal allergies are also at a higher risk.

Treating your ear infection

You should see a doctor about your ear infection if it hasn’t cleared up in three days or appears to be getting progressively worse. Be careful about getting behind the wheel of a car if your symptoms include dizziness. Tell your physician as much as you can about your daily habits and anything you were exposed to that caused the ear infection.

Your treatment will depend on the source of your infection. The doctor may decide you don’t need any medication or recommend an OTC remedy to help relieve pain. Medicated ear drops may be used to treat more severe infections. Your doctor may also prescribe an antibiotic.

Letting a severe ear infection spread without treatment could lead to a permanent loss of hearing. The infection could also spread to other parts of your head, including your brain, putting your life at risk.

Don’t let your ear infection go untreated

Saint Louis residents with ear infection symptoms that haven’t eased up should stop by AccuHealth Urgent Care for treatment. You’ll receive a thorough evaluation that looks for every source of your illness. Feel free to walk in or call (314) 391-4486 to schedule an appointment.

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