Earache and ear infections can occur regularly in children and even though painful, can be easily treated. Being family practitioners Night and Day Medical center can offer patients sympathetic and speedy help with most earaches.
Earache can be a dull or sharp pain that can either be consistent or come and go at select intervals: But if the pain persists or is accompanied by a high temperature or there are other symptoms such as dizziness, headaches and swelling. A direct visit is necessary and Night and Day is here for you. The most common ear infection is known as otitis media and is caused by fluid building up behind the eardrum. If you or your child is suffering from otitis media it is important to get help.
How to Tell if Your Child Has Earache
If your child isn’t old enough to let you know verbally if there is a problem you can look out for these signs and symptoms to determine they are suffering from earache.
- Rubbing and excessive touching or pulling of the ears.
- A high fever.
- Problems with balance.
- Trouble responding to quiet sounds.
- Poor sleeping at night.
Some steps to use at home to help relieve pain is press a warm flannel against the affected area, take anti-inflammatory medication and ask for over the counter ear drops. However recurring earache should always be checked out by your doctor.
Earache Remedy from Your Doctor
A common earache remedy used to be a course of antibiotics, however recent studies have shown that aggressive and immediate antibiotic treatment may lead to chronic earache infections. At Night and Day Medical center we strive to help with earache by monitoring these infections and providing proper earache and infection care to ensure the problem is kept under control. It is imperative for children to develop their own antibodies to the bacteria for natural immunity.
For those who enjoy participating in water sports and swimming, you are more at risk from suffering from a condition called swimmer’s ear. Swimmer’s ear is an infection in the outer ear canal. The water creates a moist environment that can cause bacterial growth. Early symptoms will include:
- Itching in your ear canal.
- Clear odourless fluid seeping from your inner ear.
- Redness inside your ear.
- Mild discomfort.
- As the infection increases you will start to notice advanced symptoms including:
- Swelling of your outer ear.
- Pain spreading to your face, neck or side of head.
- High fever.
- Swelling in the lymph nodes.
- Excessive fluid drainage.
- Decreased hearing ability.
If you are suffering from these symptoms and have a high fever or severe pain you should contact your doctor immediately or go to the emergency room.
If your are suffering from swimmer’s ear you should seek help. Night and Day Medical are able to provide swift and effective treatment either with the use of ear drops or other suitable medication. It is important to seek prompt treatment to avoid further complications and more serious infections from swimmer’s ear.