The doctors on SwiftMD can help diagnose and treat ear infections. An ear infection(acute otitis media) occurs when fluid builds up in the rea behind the eardrum and then becomes infected. Ear infections are usually caused by bacteria infections, but they can also be caused by viruses.
For most adults, the fluid that enters the middle ear area typically drains on its own through a narrow tube that connects the middle ear to the back of the nose and throat. In adults, the tube angles vertically, which makes it less likely for fluid to become trapped. Children are more prone to ear infections because their tubes are angled horizontally so fluid has a harder time draining from the middle ear.
Common symptoms of ear infections include
- Ear pain
- Fever of 38degrees Celsius
- Fluid drainage from the ear
- Tugging at the ear
- Temporary reduction in hearing
- Change in balance
- Difficulty sleeping
- Irritability and crying
Because symptoms of an ear infection can also indicate many other conditions, its important to seek medical attention to get an accurate diagnosis and ensure proper treatment. If you suspect your child might have an ear infection which is accompanied by a fever of over 38 degrees don’t hesitate to book doctors house call with SwiftMD. A doctor can perform a complete thorough examination, including a full check of your child’s ears, nose and throat, and determine if your child’s symptoms indicate an ear infection.
After an examination, your child’s doctor will provide a comprehensive treatment plan and tips for managing pain and other symptoms.
If your child is suffering from symptoms of an ear infection, book a house call with a licensed primary care doctor with SwiftMD.