Ear Infections

What is an ear infection?

Ear infections can occur as the result of bacteria, virus or fungus entering the outer, middle or inner ear, resulting in inflammation, pain, discharge, build-up of fluids and hearing loss. Ear infections can be caused by allergies, colds, sinus infections, use of cotton buds and swollen or infected adenoids.

 

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms include pain, discomfort, puss discharge, dizziness and loss of hearing.

 

How can they be treated

In some cases, ear infections resolve themselves, although your doctor may prescribe medication. If the infection is not resolved with the use of medication, it may be necessary to surgically drain fluid from the ears.