Ear infections are a common childhood ailment, but if your kid is young, they might not be able to express exactly what’s wrong with them. Today, we’ll help you learn some of the common signs of ear infections.

What is an ear infection?

The most common type of ear infection is a middle ear infection. Bacteria moves up the Eustachian tube and into the middle ear. As the bacteria multiply, the middle ear fills with pus, causing pain and irritability.

What are the signs of an ear infection?

If your child has an ear infection, they may show the following signs and symptoms:

  • Ear pain
  • Pulling at their ear
  • Difficulty hearing
  • Increased crying and irritability
  • Fever
  • Ear drainage
  • Loss of appetite
  • Inability to sleep
  • A headache
  • Balance issues

What are the signs of an adult ear infection?

Adults can get ear infections, too. Signs include:

  • An earache
  • Fullness in the ear
  • A stabbing pain in the ear
  • Difficulty hearing
  • Ear drainage

CT Jones, MD Pediatric ear infections usually respond well to routine antibiotics treatment. That said, if a child has six or more cases in a 12-month period or has persistent fluid in the ears for three or more months, they should be evaluated by a doctor, CEENTA ENT doctor Christopher Jones, MD, said. In that case, ear tubes may be necessary.

“Ear infections are less common in adults, so if you have fullness in the ear with hearing loss, other causes are possible and evaluation by an otolaryngologist and audiologist may be wise,” Dr. Jones said.

If you or your child have any of the signs listed above and want to be checked for an ear infection, don’t hesitate to make an appointment at CEENTA.

This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your physician. Dr. Jones practices in our Fort Mill, Lancaster, and Rock Hill offices. To schedule an appointment with him or any of our ENT doctors, call 704-295-3000. You can also request an appointment online or through myCEENTAchart.


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