Earaches & Ear Infections

Ears are a human’s organ for hearing and, believe it or not, balance. It is composed of three parts—the outer ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear — which can sometimes become infected. 

What Is An Ear Infection?
An Inner Ear Infection is an infection of the middle ear (the space behind the eardrum.) It can often occur as a result of the common cold. This is because congestion can block the internal passage that drains fluid from the middle ear. When the middle ear fills with fluid, bacteria can grow and cause an infection.

How to Know If You Have an Ear Infection


  • Ear pain
  • Swelling
  • Loss of hearing or muffled hearing
  • Temporary loss of hearing


How to Treat an Ear Infection
Oral antibiotics are used to treat this illness, not ear drops, as used to be common. The appropriate medication can be prescribed by one of our providers. Symptoms usually start to improve within 1-2 days of treatment.

 

Your Child May Have An Ear Infection If:
They are pulling at their ear, to try and alleviate any discomfort they may be experiencing, or distressed crying. Keep in mind that some children can and will get through ear infections without antibiotics. If their symptoms and discomfort have not subsided in four days, consult your local Xpress Wellness urgent care.

Seek an Experienced Healthcare Professional If:
Your symptoms or your child’s symptoms have not subsided after four or five days. If you are experiencing ear pain, swelling, or loss of hearing, please come in for an appointment. Seek help at any of our Oklahoma or Kansas urgent care clinics by appointment or walk-in today.