Nasal drip or extreme common colds can be responsible for ear infections. Another common cause, according to Ear, Nose, and Throat specialists is to leave droplets of water inside the ear after swimming or taking a shower. These small drops of water may not seem dangerous initially, but gradually can result in severe infection inside the ear.
Ear Infection Symptoms
The most common symptoms of ear infections are:
- Pressure inside of the ear.
- Severe pain inside the ear.
- Presence of fluid inside the ear.
- The inability to hear things as you once could.
If you are experiencing any one of these symptoms, consult your Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist immediately. Swelling and blockages of the ear canal require immediate attention, or may cause you temporary or permanent hearing loss. ENT practitioners have numerous ways to cope with blockages and infections of the ear. The are highly trained to treat an infection in the best way possible, considering the intensity of the ear infection you are experiencing.
Ear Infection Treatments
In most situations, they flush away the blockages and other inconsistencies to provide some immediate relief. Once the blockage is cleared, all trapped fluid is flushed away. To avoid bacterial or viral infections from again penetrating the soft and sensitive tissue inside the ear, the practitioner will closely examine the ear and recommend antibiotics accordingly to have complete control over bacterial and viral infection. Always complete the entire cycle of prescribed antibiotics, even after all symptoms have gone away.
Another advanced treatment for an ear infection is a minor surgery commonly known as Myringotomy. In Myringotomy, a tiny tube is pushed inside the inner ear. The tube is then pushed up to the eardrum. The tube is not permanent and falls off automatically after 6 – 12 months.
To help avoid trapped water droplets from remaining inside of your ear, and other build-up and blockages, consider using Clear Ear’s Oto-Tip every day — especially after showering, bathing, or swimming. The Oto-Tip features an automated spinning swab, with a built in safety cap, for completely safe daily ear cleaning.