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Nov28

Adults get ear infections, too!

It’s not just kids that get ear infections. Adults are susceptible to painful ear problems, too!

Ear infections are common during the colder winter months and occur when your middle ear gets clogged and air can’t get through, creating an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. Adults may be more at risk of developing ear infections if they smoke, have allergies or currently have a cold.

Signs you might have an ear infection

Ear infections can sneak up on you and develop quickly. Be on the lookout for the following symptoms:

  • Sharp pain, dull pain or tenderness in your ear
  • A feeling of fullness in your ear
  • Nausea
  • Ear drainage
  • Muffled hearing

When to see a doctor for an earache

Woman plugging her ears. The number of nerves in and around our ears makes them one of the most sensitive areas of our body.Earaches can be uncomfortable and distracting, but if that is your only symptom, you may want to wait a day or two before calling your doctor. Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever might help, and try to get extra rest. Some ear infections will resolve on their own.

If the pain persists or you develop a fever, consider a visit to  Indigo Urgent Care. If pus or blood is draining from your ear or you’re having trouble hearing, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Our team at Indigo is here for you and your family’s ear pain. You can expect our friendly staff to listen to your symptoms and take a detailed look at your ear and get to the root of the problem. We help treat ear infections in all ages and can prescribe antibiotics if medically necessary. 

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