Middle Ear Infection
The middle ear is the space behind the eardrum. Under normal conditions, this is an air-filled space that contains the three small middle ear bones. During a cold, sinus infections, or allergy attack, the space can become filled with fluid. If the fluid becomes infected with bacteria, then a middle ear infection occurs.
In a healthy ear, the Eustachian tube regulates air pressure and drains normal fluids from the middle ear. It connects the back of the nose to the space behind the eardrum. The swelling and congestion caused by colds and nasal infections cause swelling and then blockage of the Eustachian tube, resulting in a build-up of fluid. Because the Eustachian tube is narrower, shorter and more horizontal in children, middle ear infections are more common in pediatric patients compared to adults.
Symptoms of a middle ear infection can include:
- Ear pain that worsens when lying down
- Difficulty sleeping
- Loss of appetite
- Tugging at one or both ears
Treatment of a Middle Ear Infection
Antibiotics are commonly prescribed for treating pediatric middle ear infections. However, some children will have recurrent ear infections that may require the insertion of ear tubes to equalize pressure and eliminate infection.
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Serous Otitis Media (Middle Ear Fluid)
Serous Otitis Media, or fluid behind the eardrum, can have multiple causes.
Symptoms of Serous Otitis Media can include:
- Hearing loss
- Blocked sensation
Treatment: Your doctor will properly diagnose this condition and recommend a course of treatment.
Otitis Externa (Swimmer’s Ear)
Swimmer’s Ear is an infection that occurs in the skin of the ear canal.
Symptoms can include:
- Tenderness to the touch