When to see a Doctor for an Ear Infection

When to see a Doctor for an Ear Infection

by Natalie Aylett

 

In recent blog posts we have talked about the frequency of ear infections in both children and adults. These ear infections can be painful, uncomfortable and time consuming, and while some of them may go away on their own, others need the attention of a medical professional. This article explains when it becomes necessary to see a doctor about an ear infection.

How To Know It's Time To See A Doctor

Ear infections aren't always a big deal, but there are times when they can be more serious. According to Everyday Health, if you are experiencing any of the below symptoms, it's recommended that you make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible.

  • A knot or swelling formed under or behind the ear
  • Difficulty moving parts of your face in a normal way
  • Personality changes — such as a child becoming extremely fussy or lethargic
  • Sudden high fever
  • Seizure
  • Age- if a child is under 6 months of age, seeing a doctor is suggested

It is also important to remember that if the infection doesn't seem to be getting better after a couple of days on it's own, a doctor visit is highly suggested.

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What Can the Doctor Do?

When arriving at the doctor, they will ask some questions about how you have felt over the past several days and if you have taken anything at home to try and help the infection or pain. It is important to tell them everything and be honest. They will evaluate the infection and ultimately decide what is best. In most cases, they will prescribe antibiotics to the patient to fight the infection and recommend some OTC medication to help with the discomfort.

It is crucial to listen to everything the doctor says and follow any instructions given after the appointment. It is also important to take the prescription all the way through to prevent the infection from coming back.

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An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

No one likes going to the doctor, and as hard as we can try and stay healthy, sometimes there is nothing we can do. Next time you or your child are suffering from an ear infection, remember the symptoms above when determining if a trip to the doctor is necessary.

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