Treating Ear Infections without Antibiotics
Ear infections can be painful, and if left untreated can potentially lead to hearing loss. However, the standard treatment by many physicians is to prescribe antibiotics. Given the increasing rate of antibiotic resistant strains of viruses and bacteria, it’s best to be more conservative in the treatment of ear infections, especially since most of them will clear up with time and other treatments.
What Causes Ear Infections?
Ear infections do not have a single cause. Bottle feeding can increase the likelihood of developing ear infections. Air quality can also contribute to the development of ear infections. Children whose parents smoke are also far more likely to develop chronic ear infections.
Symptoms of Ear Infections
People of any age can get ear infections, but they are more common among children. Symptoms include ear pain that is often more severe when lying down, difficulty sleeping or hearing, a fever, and drainage from the ear. In young children who are unable to communicate the pain they are feeling, you may notice them tugging at their ear and being more fussy than normal.
Treatment for Ear Infections
Children especially should be brought to the ENT if the symptoms last longer than 24 hours, but treatment rarely request antibiotics. Instead, try applying a warm compress to the ear to help relieve the pain. Adults and children can also take acetaminophen. If your child suffers from chronic ear infections, surgery to place tubes in the ears to facilitate drainage may be recommended.
Lakeside Allergy ENT is home to three board-certified otolaryngologists who specialize in diagnosis and treatment of all ear, nose, and throat related disorders for patients of all ages, including both middle ear infections and outer ear infections. Ear infection treatment requires expert care. With our on-site Hearing Center, we are also equipped to monitor and diagnose hearing loss associated with ear infections. If you or your child has any of the symptoms of an ear infection, call our office at 972-771-5443 or get started by requesting an appointment using the form on this page.