Earache Treatment

Earache Treatment Specialist Q&A

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Earache Treatment Specialist Near Me in Omaha, NE
Earache Treatment Specialist Near Me in Omaha, NE

Table of Contents:

When to Call a Doctor for Earache?
Can I Check My Child for Ear Infection at Home?
What Other Symptoms Are Associated With Earache?

When to Call a Doctor for Earache?


In some cases, ear infections clear up on their own after a few days and as long as individuals can wait them out and manage the irritation and pain, they will be fine. However, it is important to call a doctor if earache symptoms are more painful or severe, last longer than normal, or display certain criteria potentially indicative of a more serious problem.
 
An individual should see a doctor if their earache symptoms do not improve within 3 days, earaches are occurring regularly as this could lead to hearing loss, body temperature rises over 100.4 degrees with a fever which may suggest a serious infection, pus or bloody fluid discharge from the ear, severe pain, additional symptoms such as headaches, loss of balance, drowsiness, vomiting, or a stiff neck. If an earache displays in a child younger than 6 months old, it is always imperative to seek treatment. 

Can I Check My Child for Ear Infection at Home?


Urgent care clinics are usually able to provide any common vaccines. With Joshua Emergicare, you’ll be able to get many common vaccines for children Ear infections are quite common in children. Statistically, five out of six children will have experienced at least one ear infection before they turn three years old. As ear infections are common and often not cause for concern parents may wish to check their child for an ear infection at home. It is possible to check for an ear infection at home, however, it is no substitute for a professional medical diagnosis. If there is blood or pus coming from the ear, if the bone behind the ear is red, if the ear is swollen, if the ear infection lasts longer than a couple of days, or if it displays any unusual or severe side effects professional medical care should be sought.

If parents decide to check their child for an ear infection at home they should consult their physician first to receive guidance on the best instrument to utilize and to ensure that it is okay. Parents may also choose to seek assistance in choosing diagnostic equipment they can use at home. An otoscope can be used at home but it does require some operational knowledge and it is best for parents to ask their doctor how to use an otoscope safely and effectively.

When diagnosed, mild ear aches may be treatable with home remedies such as warm compresses, over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen, essential and olive oils in the impacted ear, and other methods. If parents have any uncertainty on how to check for an earache at home or if any serious symptoms display or the earache lasts more than a couple of days it is important to see a medical professional.

What Other Symptoms Are Associated With Earache?


Because earaches and ear pain can occur for various reasons, symptoms differ depending on the nature and severity of the earache. Earaches may be the result of inflammation and infections of the inner, middle, or external ear, and from structures adjacent to the ear. Other common causes of earaches include sunburns, trauma, swimmer’s ear, dermatitis, TMJ, and more. With a wide range of causes, there is also a wide range of symptoms varying in degrees of severity. Some common symptoms include ear pain, fever, jaw pain, itching, sore throat, swelling and itching around the ear, ringing in the ears, draining, vertigo, and others.
 
For patients in South Omaha, Joshua Medical Center is a family practice clinic giving patients the care and treatment they deserve. Their highly qualified and compassionate team of bi-lingual healthcare providers offer full service and walk-in appointments for the multicultural community. If you or someone in your family require a medical appointment to check out an earache call or book an appointment today. We serve patients from Omaha NE, Boys Town NE, La Vista NE, Papillion NE, and Bellevue NE.