Symptoms of Ear Infection

November 12, 2012

Symptoms of Ear Infection

There are a number of symptoms of ear infection and they can vary in adults and infants. It is important to be able to recognise the symptoms of ear infection in your children as well in yourself.

Overview of ear infections

An ear infection known medically as otitis media is the inflammation of the middle ear (you may have also heard it referred to as middle ear infection.) They are often caused by the spread of bacteria or a virus that will typically first reveal itself through causing the patient to experience a sore throat, cold, respiratory problems or other symptoms that are caused by bacteria or viral infections. When the infection spreads to the ear it can cause both infants and adults to experience symptoms of ear infection. It can be difficult to recognise an ear infection in infants, especially those whose speech is not yet very developed. With the inability to explain to you where and what kind of pain or discomfort they are feeling, it is important that you are able to recognise the sympoms yourself.

Symptoms of Ear infection in infants

Some of the most common signs and symptoms that you are likely to notice in a child suffering from an ear infection include:

  • Unusual irritability

  • Sleeping difficulties

  • A regular and unusual tugging or pulling of one or both of the ears

  • Fever

  • Fluid draining from one or both of the ears

  • Loss of balance

  • Unusual unresponsiveness to quiet sounds or other signs that they are having difficulty hearing, for instance sitting very close to the television

Symptoms of ear infection in adults

Ear infections occur in adults less frequently than they do in infants. However when one does occur some of the symptoms likely to be experienced include:

  • Fever

  • Earache

  • Ear pain

  • Loss of hearing

  • An uncomfortable feeling or as though there is a blockage in the ear

  • Dizziness or slight loss of balance

Although all of these are symptoms of ear infection, the presence of them does not necessarily guarantee an ear infection. There are a number of other medical problems and conditions that can produce these symptoms. If you do experience any of these signs or symptoms or notice them in your child, make an appointment to see your doctor. He or she will be able to make a proper and accurate diagnosis and then recommend suitable treatment.

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