A condition that affects both children and adults, ear infections occur when the middle ear is contaminated by a virus or bacteria. Located just behind the eardrum, the middle ear can become inflamed or build up fluid, both of which can create pain. An ear infection involves the blockage of the eustachian tubes, and this can be caused by a cold, allergies, smoking, or problems with the adenoids.
Ear infections can present a variety of symptoms, including drainage, hearing loss, pain or pressure in the ear, and fussiness in young children. In many cases, ear infections are acute and clear up without much complication, however for recurring infections or ones that are extremely painful, we recommend making an appointment with our office.