Ear infections can be painful and lead to more serious complications if left untreated. If you have ear pain and suspect an ear infection, board-certified internal medicine physician Dr. Rudy Juburi is here for you. At Rudy Juburi, MD, in Bryans Road, Maryland, and Alexandria, Virginia, he prescribes medications or offers other solutions to eliminate ear infections and ease pain. Book an appointment online or by phone today or simply walk in.
Ear Infection Q & A
What is an ear infection?
An ear infection is a bacterial or viral infection that often affects the middle ear — the air-filled space behind your eardrum containing small vibrating bones. Your ear canal can get clogged with mucus or fluid, which can be painful and impact hearing. Ear infections are common among children, but adults can get them as well.
What are the symptoms of ear infections?
If you or your child has an ear infection, you might notice the following common symptoms:
- Ear pain
- Hearing loss
- Fluid draining from the ears
- Difficulty sleeping
- Tugging at the ears or crying in children
- Fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
- Loss of balance
- Loss of appetite
You might experience one or more of these symptoms depending on the severity of your ear infection, which can occur with seasonal allergies or due to congestion from colds.
What are the complications of ear infections?
If left untreated, ear infections can spread or lead to severe pain. Other complications include impaired hearing, speech delays in children, inflammation in the membranes surrounding the brain (meningitis), and a ruptured eardrum. That’s why seeking medical attention for ear pain is important.
What is the treatment for ear infections?
Dr. Juburi examines inside your ears to determine if they are infected. He uses a special lighted instrument to view your ears, nasal passages, and throat. If you have an ear infection, Dr. Juburi might recommend one or more of the following treatments:
A wait and see approach
Ear infections can go away on their own over time. If an ear infection is minor Dr. Juburi might recommend a wait and see approach.
If you don’t require antibiotics for a mild ear infection, Dr. Juburi might recommend taking over-the-counter pain relievers to ease pain while your ear heals.
Ear drops can ease ear pain and help fight infections. Ask Dr. Juburi if ear drops are right for you or your child.
For more severe ear infections or infections in babies and young children, Dr. Juburi might suggest antibiotics to help you or your child recover from an ear infection quickly.
Ear tube placement
For severe ear infections or fluid buildup that affects hearing, Dr. Juburi might recommend ear tube placement. Small tubes are surgically placed within the eardrum to drain fluid and often stay in the ears for 6-12 months or longer. Ear tubes fall out on their own over time or are surgically removed.
Don’t let chronic ear infections hinder your quality of life or negatively affect your child’s hearing or speech development. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Juburi by phone or online today.