If you have small children in your home, you probably know all about ear infections! They are one of the most common infections that children contract. It is also possible to get an ear infection as an adult, so knowing how to find relief if you or someone in your house is experiencing ear pain is crucial.

Thankfully, ear infections are usually easily treatable at home. Our AFC Urgent Care Hickory team explains all about ear infections below, so read on to learn more.

Are Ear Infections Dangerous?

Just like with other infections, a virus or bacteria can make its way into your inner ear. If it grows and replicates, it can cause discomfort and pain. This pain is caused by the infection pressing against your eardrum, which can be very uncomfortable!

The good news is that the vast majority of ear infections are not dangerous. They are only a nuisance while your body works hard to fight off the infection! If you have recurrent ear infections or fail to get the proper treatment for a particularly stubborn case, it can eventually lead to complications.

Common Ear Infection Symptoms

  • Pain inside ear
  • Fever
  • Discharge coming from ear
  • Feeling pressure in your ear
  • Difficulty hearing

How Do You Treat an Ear Infection?

Treating an ear infection is often something you can do from the comfort of your home. Our immune systems are typically well-equipped to tackle ear infections in a matter of days. The best thing to do if you have an ear infection is to rest, hydrate and manage your symptoms with some OTC pain medication.

If you aren’t feeling relief after a few days or your symptoms gradually get worse, come see us. Sometimes ear infections require a round of antibiotics to clear up completely, so we can do an evaluation. We will take a peek in your ears to look for fluid buildup and can determine whether an antibiotic is the right choice for you.

Protect Your Ear Health

  • Keep your ears clean and dry.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Stay up to date with the vaccination schedule.

Is ear pain affecting your day? Drop by AFC Urgent Care Hickory to visit with our care team.