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EAR me out (Otitis Media)

What is Otitis Media?

Otitis media is a middle ear infection that is most common in infants and young children, especially those between the ages of 6 months and 3 years. Antibiotics are often used to treat ear infections.

What are some Common Symptoms of Otitis Media?

Common symptoms of acute otitis media are fever, pain, and irritability. In children, the ear infection often begins after the child has had a cold for several days. If fluid builds up in the ear, the infection is called serous otitis media. This occurs when the eustachian tube becomes blocked, and pressure in the middle ear drops. Under these circumstances, the child might experience hearing loss or impairment in the infected ear. This is usually only temporary. While this is usually no cause for alarm, anyone who experiences hearing loss should check it out. Chronic otitis media refers to a long-lasting ear infection. This is often complicated by a hole in the eardrum.

Diagnosis and Treatment  

From a visual examination inside the ear and description of the symptoms, your doctor can diagnose you. In an infected ear, the eardrum usually appears red and swollen and pus may be seen behind the eardrum. When fluid or pus builds up in the middle ear, the doctor can perform a simple hearing test that measures the pressure on both sides of the eardrums. Lots can be done if you or your child gets an ear infection.

If you have any questions, reach out to your Pharmasave Valleyview Pharmacist today for more information on treatments, and next steps.