Treatment for Adults and Children

Ear Infections

What You Need to Know

About Ear Infections

An ear infection occurs when a virus or bacteria enter the space behind the eardrum. While ear infections are often associated with children, they can occur in adults too. These infections are usually secondary to the flu, common cold, or seasonal allergies. That’s because these issues cause congestion that affects the nose, throat, and eustachian tubes. In healthy ears, eustachian tubes drain the middle ear, keeping it free from infection. When the flu, common cold, or allergies cause congestion, the tubes no longer drain. This causes buildup and can lead to infections.
Why You Shouldn't Wait

How Serious Are Ear Infectoins?

If you suspect that you or a loved one has an ear infection, it’s important to get medical attention. When left untreated, some ear infections can lead to hearing loss or spread to other areas of the body, including the brain.
What to Watch For

Signs and Symptoms of Ear Infections

The most common symptom of an ear infection is ear pain. Adults may also notice that it’s more difficult to hear, and they have more wax in their ears than normal. Noticing ear infections in children can be more difficult, especially when the child is not able to say that they are in pain. Caregivers can look for the following signs of a possible ear infection.

Tugging on the Ear

You notice yourself tugging on your ear more often than usual

Difficulty Sleeping or Getting Comfortable

Trouble sleeping or difficulty getting comfortable, especially when laying on your ear

Crying More Than Usual

Especially in children, more frequent episodes of crying

General Fussiness

An overall fussy attitude, mostly prominent in children

Fever of 100°F or Higher

Symptoms or signs of a fever, especially one over 100°F

Eating Less Than Normal

Decreased appetite and / or less eating

Drainage from the Ear

Leakage or drainage of fluids from the ear

Loss of Balance

Sudden difficulty maintaining your balance while walking

How We Can Help

Testing & Treatment for Ear Infections

There are some basic examinations and tests that your provider will perform when an ear infection is suspected.

Otoscope Examination

Air Puff Test

Symptom Check

Antibiotics / At-Home Monitoring

While You're Here

What To Expect At Your Appointment

If you’re experiencing symptoms of an ear infection, contact your local Center for Advanced Wellness to schedule an appointment. Then, follow these easy steps: confirm your appointment, check-in, arrive 15 minutes early. When we call your name, come back and visit with one of our friendly, experienced medical professionals.
Answers To Your Questions

Questions About Ear Infections

Have questions about some ear issues you're having or need to know something about your upcoming ear infection exam? We've got you covered.

Do I need insurance to get treated or tested for an ear infection?

No. If you have insurance, your cost will depend on your coverage. If you don’t have insurance or your deductible is simply too high, consider our membership plans. Options start at $50 per month for adults and bring your copays at our clinic to just $10.

What if my ear infection doesn't go away?

Usually, ear infections resolve on their own or with prescribed antibiotics. In some rare cases, they persist. If you continue to have symptoms, follow up with your medical provider. It could also mean recurrent ear infections, which sometimes require surgery.

Can adults get ear infections?

Yes. Although ear infections are more common in children, adults can get them. In general, ear infections tend to be more serious in adults than in children.

What can cause an ear infection?

Ear infections can be caused by either bacterial or viral infections, typically from fluid in the ear not draining. Allergies and common colds can cause this to happen.

Address Your Ear Infection at Center of Advanced Wellness

If you or your child are experiencing any symptoms or warning signs of an ear infection, visit one of our wellness centers in Texas today for diagnosis and treatment!