Ear Infection


Ear Infections and Earaches

If you have a young child around you, then you must be aware of the term Earache!
Pain felt in one or both ears is called Earache or Otalgia. It could be any kind of pain; Sharp, Dull, or Burning, and there could be several causes for it.
Earache or ear pain affects both children and adults but is particularly common in young children.
A team of friendly experts at Southwest Urgent Care is available 7 days a week, including holidays, to help you and your family provide relief from that throbbing earache.

Urgent Care For Ear Infections and Earaches

Are you or your child suffering from muffled hearing or feeling pressure in the ear? Is your baby not able to sleep?
These might be symptoms of an Ear Infection. Do Not Worry, Southwest Urgent Care is here to the rescue!
The ears are the most important part of the hearing system and taking care of them is vital. This includes preventing and treating Ear infections as symptoms can be very disturbing and distressing.
As Ear aches are typically common in kids, most of the time, they are not able to express how they are feeling, making it extremely important to consult a doctor and get the diagnosis done for the underlying reason of the pain. That’s where Urgent Care comes in handy!
Let our expert providers listen to your ear concerns, so you and your family get rid of earaches or ear infections in a timely and proficient manner.

Symptoms Of Ear Infections and Earaches

woman with ear ache

Does your 3year old have ear pain? If yes, your child is part of almost 80% of children who suffer from at least one ear infection by the age of 3.
Ear aches can be very irritating, and at times Hearing may also be affected.! they may range from a minor nuisance to a major source of agony. The severity of earaches depends on the underlying cause.
Some most common symptoms of Earaches and Ear infections include:
  • Difficulty sleeping or irritability and restlessness
  • Fluid drainage from the ear
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Touching or tugging at the ear
  • Dizziness or loss of balance
  • Not reacting to certain sounds
Let’s not suffer more and keep an eye on your symptoms to prevent further damage to the ear.
Do a virtual visit with one of our providers here at Southwest Urgent Care and be one step closer to a pain-free Ear.

Causes Of Ear Infections and Earaches

Did you try to clean your ear but end up pushing the ear wax farther into the ears, possibly causing injury?
There could be many such causes for earaches! An ear infection is the most common cause, but it is not the only one.
A common cause of earache in children is usually an ear infection, but it is less likely to be a cause of earache in adults.
Sometimes inflammation of the eardrum can be associated with another underlying illness, such as a cold, causing a blockage in the internal drainage of the ear or other referred pains like Jaw joint syndrome, Toothache, or Troubling Throat.
  • Some of the many causes of earaches are:
  • Earwax build-up
  • Hole in the eardrum
  • Sinus infection
  • Allergies
  • Sore throat
  • Infected adenoids
  • Clogged Eustachian tubes (ear tubes to the throat)
  • Ear canal damage
  • Arthritis of the jaw or Temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ)
  • Tooth infection and/or other Dental problems
  • Excessive mucus
  • Foreign Object stuck in the ear
  • Reactions to tobacco smoke
  • Swimmer’s ear / external ear infections
  • Ear injury from pressure changes (from high altitudes and other causes)
  • Ear canal irritation from cotton-tipped swabs
  • Soap or shampoo in the ear
Get assessed by a healthcare provider at the earliest to be ensured that you or your child receive proper treatment for an earache.

Diagnosis and Treatment For Ear Infections and Earaches

Little girl using ear bud

Let our expert providers guide you properly to reach the diagnosis and start a treatment plan for your Ear infection or Earache.
Most of the time, earaches require an in-person evaluation so that provider can physically examine you to reach the root cause of your ear pain. So, it’s better to visit a clinic instead of waiting and causing an already existing issue to exaggerate.
Some DON’T’S while suffering from earache include; not relying on home remedies, no self-medications, and avoiding poking in your ear with finger or external things like cotton swabs.
For the treatment of bacterial ear infections, usually, a course of antibiotics is prescribed. Decongestants or pain relievers are used in some treatments too. If the eardrum is not ruptured, over-the-counter ear drops can be used to relieve pain.
Visit Southwest Urgent Care for an accurate evaluation of the pain to help you or your child feel relieved quickly!

ear drop adminstration for ear pain or infection

Swimmer’s Ear

Ear infection of the lining of the outer ear canal is called Swimmer’s Ear, also referred to as Otitis Externa.
Anyone who spends time swimming may suffer from this condition. Especially children between the ages of 5 to 18. But unlike the name suggests, this condition can have several causes beyond swimming too.
One of the causes of Swimmer’s ear is moisture that remains in our ear. It may be due to heavy perspiration, water from bath or pool water, and humid weather. It is caused by bacteria, but it can sometimes be brought on by a virus or fungus.
Some of the symptoms suffered in Swimmer’s Ear condition include:
  • Pain
  • Itching in Ear Canal
  • Redness inside ear
  • Enlarged Lymph Nodes
  • Pain by pulling on the Earlobe, or pushing on the Tragus
  • Discharge of Clear, Odorless Fluid
Symptoms of Swimmer’s ear can be avoided if some preventive measures are taken; Use of Ear plugs and Swim caps and keeping the Ear Canal dried after bathing or swimming.
Swimmer’s ear may become chronic if not attended timely. Visit Southwest Urgent Care for additional prevention tips or treatment options.

Other Conditions Southwest Urgent Care Treats

Some other related conditions treated at Southwest Urgent Care alongside some major Earache issues include:
  • Ear wax removal
  • Fever
  • Oral infections
  • Referrals for chronic Ear Infections
  • Seasonal Allergies
  • Sinus infections
  • Upper Respiratory infections
Visit Southwest Urgent Care now for a physical exam or, consult with one of our providers via Virtual Visit to discuss your symptoms.

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