How to Prevent Chronic Ear Infections
Ear Infections MT Pleasant TX

A chronic ear infection is an infection that fails to heal correctly or regularly reoccurs over time.

Normally, well-functioning Eustachian tubes drain fluid that collects in the middle ear with ease. However, in some cases, Eustachian tubes may become obstructed, caused by either a viral or bacterial infection. The associated pain and discomfort that comes with a chronic ear infection is a direct result of blocked fluid and weight pressing directly against the eardrum.

Unfortunately, small children are the most affected by chronic ear infections due to their smaller Eustachian tubes, making it more difficult for fluid to drain. Symptoms may vary depending on the case, that said, the most common symptoms include:

  • Mild fever
  • Pressure in the ear
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Hearing annoyances
  • Mild ear pain

If you are currently suffering from any of the symptoms, we encourage you to visit our team of specialists at East Texas Sinus and Dizziness Center in Longview, TX.  Dr. Morton and his team will assess the severity of the condition and recommend the most effective treatment path to get you fast relief. The most common treatment procedures to resolve a sensitive ear infection include antibiotic medications and ear-drops. In principle, antibiotics should fight the infection and dissolve the fluid build-up inside the ear.  In severe cases of infection, or too frequent recurrence, a doctor may recommend undergoing a surgical procedure to insert small tubes, connecting the middle ear to the outer ear, allowing the liquid to easily drain.

Understanding the most common triggers for chronic ear infections is vital in understanding how to avoid and prevent the condition before it develops.

There are several ways to reduce the chance you or your child develop a chronic ear infection. Prevention tips include:

  • Practicing good hygiene. Regularly washing hands helps to prevent viral or bacterial infections from spreading. This is often the root cause of a chronic ear infection.
  • Quit smoking and reduce exposure to second-hand smoke.
  • Keep up to date with pneumonia, meningitis, and influenza vaccines. Pneumococcal bacteria is responsible for a large number of ear infections in America.
  • Always address any lingering conditions and symptoms with your doctor, and always take and complete courses of medication as prescribed. Do NOT stop taking medicine once you begin feeling better. Always see the full treatment through.
  • Studies have shown that children who are breastfed during their first year of life experience fewer ear infections when young.

Employing the following techniques will decrease the risk of a chronic infection. For more information, we invite you to speak with one of our trained professionals at East Texas Sinus and Dizziness Center in Longview, TX. Dr. Morton and his patient-focused staff will help find the most suitable treatment plan to fit your personal needs and resolve your condition. Call 903-212-4399 today.

Published by easttexas on: November 18, 2019
Category: Ear Infections ENT Specialist