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Urgent Care Reports: Signs of Ear Infections for Children and Adults

First Med Urgent Care: Ear infections

Although earaches can often occur when someone gets the common cold, sometimes middle ear infections can happen as a secondary symptom. Earaches from a cold can range from mild to very painful. The ranges of pain can go from sharp, dull or burning. Ear infections are, frequently, painful because of inflammation and buildup of fluids in the middle ear. According to the Mayo Clinic, persistent pain is a sign of ear infection and need for medical care. Ear infections are more common in children, in part, because their Eustachian tubes are narrower and more horizontal, but that doesn’t mean adults won’t get infections as well. There are more symptoms for children than there are for adults and below is a list of things to look out for.

 Ear Infections For Children Are Recognizable If They Exhibit Any Of The Following: 
1.) Ear pain, especially when lying down
2.) Tugging or pulling at an ear
3.) Difficulty sleeping
4.) Crying more than usual
5.) Acting more irritable than usual
6.) Difficulty hearing or responding to sounds
7.) Loss of balance
8.) Fever of 100 F (38 C) or higher
9.) Drainage of fluid from the ear
10.) Headache
11.) Loss of appetite

Signs of Ear Infections For Adults: 
1.) Ear pain
2.) Drainage of fluid from the ear
3.) Diminished hearing

Signs and symptoms of an ear infection can indicate a number of conditions. It’s vital to get an accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment. Call your urgent care doctor or bring your child into the urgent care facility if symptoms last for more than a day, ear pain is severe, your child is sleepless or irritable after a cold, or you observe a discharge of fluid, pus or bloody discharge from the ear. An adult with ear pain or discharge should see a doctor as soon as possible.