Ear infections are a common condition that cause ear pain and difficulty hearing. At North Shore ENT in New Hyde Park, New York, the practice provides safe and effective treatment for ear infections. Led by board-certified otolaryngologist Alexander Sorin, MD, FACS, the practice specializes in hands-on, individualized care for a wide range of conditions affecting the head and neck. To discuss your condition with Dr. Sorin, call the office or book your appointment online today.
Ear infections most commonly refer to infections of the middle ear, the space behind the eardrums. Ear infections are typically the result of conditions like the flu or cold that cause swelling and inflammation to the thin tubes (Eustachian tubes) of the middle ear. When these tubes become swollen and blocked, fluid can build up in the middle ear, leading to infection.
The symptoms of an ear infection usually occur suddenly and can affect your hearing. Symptoms of an ear infection include:
Children can also suffer from ear infections. If you notice symptoms like increased irritability, tugging of the ear, and loss of balance, North Shore ENT provides individualized pediatric care.
Although ear infections can affect anyone, children are the most commonly affected. Their developing ear structures are especially vulnerable to obstruction and infection.
Children are also at a higher risk for contagious conditions like the cold or flu that can lead to ear infections. Children between the ages of 6 and 24 months are the most susceptible.
The first step in treating an ear infection is a proper diagnosis. In most cases, Dr. Sorin can diagnose ear infections through a discussion of your symptoms and examination of the ear canal. If you suspect your child has an ear infection, Dr. Sorin checks their breathing for signs of a respiratory infection.
Because most infections clear up on their own, treatment may begin with monitoring and at-home care. Pain medication or anesthetic drops may be used to relieve symptoms as your body recovers from the infection. If symptoms don't go away after a few days, Dr. Sorin may prescribe antibiotics to clear up the infection.
If left untreated, ear infections can lead to severe complications like hearing loss, developmental delays, and spreading of the infection.
To discuss ear infection treatment for you or your child, call North Shore ENT or schedule your appointment online today.