Ear Infection Treatments in Pompano Beach, Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale, FL
All areas of the ear are prone to infections whether it be the inner, middle or outer ear. Be aware that young children have a higher chance of getting ear infections, which can lead to further complications if untreated. Although most of the pain from the infection resolves itself over time, it’s important to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lapco to know what type of ear infection it is. This can ultimately prevent it from spreading and treat it for good. Untreated ear infections can result in hearing loss, recurring infections, and bone and cartilage damage.
Outer Ear Infection
Swimmer’s Ear, or an outer ear infection, is caused by bacteria spreading on the outer ear. Although it’s most common for swimmers when water gets trapped in the ear, it can also be caused by eczema and earwax buildup. Symptoms of an outer ear infection include plugged ear sensation, fever, severe pain that can spread, and redness and swelling of the outer ear.
If you think you have an outer ear infection, make sure to call Dr. Lapco’s office to alleviate pain and explore treatment options. Generally, Dr. Lapco will prescribe eardrops that prevent bacteria from spreading. If your condition is more severe, he may prescribe antibiotic and pain medication. With treatment, outer ear infections can be solved in 7-10 days.
Middle Ear Infection
Middle ear infections are caused by the presence of bacteria or viruses inside the ear, resulting in a buildup of pus and mucus behind the eardrum, blocking the Eustachian tube. This can be a result of a cold, allergy, or upper respiratory infection. In a more severe case, fluid can form in the middle ear and can remain for many months. Fluid buildup can be discharged from the middle ear, and if not treated, it may pose serious consequences such as hearing loss. Usually middle ear infections heal themselves within a matter of days, but eardrops, antibiotics and draining fluid may be treatments in more severe cases.
Inner Ear Infection
Inner ear infections, also known as labyrinthitis, is generally caused by other complications throughout the body such as sinusitis, the common cold and the flu. The inner ear is very important for your hearing and balance, and once this is infected, symptoms include dizziness, nausea, hearing loss and ringing in your ears. If you think you may have an inner ear infection, Dr. Lapco can help reduce symptoms.
If you suspect you or your child may have any ear infection, call Dr. Lapco’s office as soon as possible to schedule an appoint with one of our otolaryngologists. Dr. Lapco’s Pompano Beach office is located in Broward County just 10 miles from Coral Springs and 12 miles from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.