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Ear Infections Treatment Doctor Q&A

Ear Infections Treatment Doctor Q&A

Ear infections can get severe and cause lifetime damage, but don’t worry! Treatment is available at Nova Patient Care. Here our dedicated doctors and medical staff will provide comprehensive treatment to relieve your ear pain. For more information, contact us today or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Woodbridge VA, Falls Church VA, Pentagon City VA, Arlington VA, Kingstowne Center VA, Richmond Hwy Alexandria VA and Alexandra VA.

Ear Infections Treatment Doctor Near Me in Woodbridge VA, Falls Church VA, Pentagon City VA, Arlington VA, Kingstowne Center VA, Richmond Hwy Alexandria VA and Alexandra VA.
Ear Infections Treatment Doctor Near Me in Woodbridge VA, Falls Church VA, Pentagon City VA, Arlington VA, Kingstowne Center VA, Richmond Hwy Alexandria VA and Alexandra VA.
Ear infections can get severe and cause lifetime damage, but don’t worry! Treatment is available at Nova Patient Care. Here our dedicated doctors and medical staff will provide comprehensive treatment to relieve your ear pain. For more information, contact us today or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Woodbridge VA, Falls Church VA, Pentagon City VA, Arlington VA, Kingstowne Center VA, Richmond Hwy Alexandria VA and Alexandra VA.
Ear infections can get severe and cause lifetime damage, but don’t worry! Treatment is available at Nova Patient Care. Here our dedicated doctors and medical staff will provide comprehensive treatment to relieve your ear pain. For more information, contact us today or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Woodbridge VA, Falls Church VA, Pentagon City VA, Arlington VA, Kingstowne Center VA, Richmond Hwy Alexandria VA and Alexandra VA.

Table of Contents:

What causes ear infections?
How do you know if an ear infection is viral or bacterial?
When should I go to the doctor for an ear infection?
What happens if an ear infection is left untreated?

The ears are incredibly important organs that allow us to hear. They are remarkably intricate in design with several interworking parts that enable their function. Listening to our favorite songs, enjoying the sounds of nature, and hearing the coffee brew in the morning would not be possible without our ears, which are only some of the reasons why the health of our ears is so important. Because the ears are sensitive and intricate, they can sometimes be subjected to an infection, which can cause localized pain, abnormal hearing, and internal pressure. Some people are more sensitive and can contract an ear infection more easily, resulting in repeated infections.

What causes ear infections?


An ear infection occurs when either one of the eustachian tubes becomes swollen or blocked, which causes fluid to build up in the middle ear. Eustachian tubes are small vestibules that run from each ear directly to the back of the throat. Causes of Eustachian tube blockage include:

– allergies
– colds
– sinus infections
– excess mucus
– smoking
– infected or swollen adenoids
– changes in air pressure

Because they have short and narrow Eustachian tubes, ear infections occur most commonly in young children. Infants who are bottle-fed also have a higher incidence of ear infections than their breastfed counterparts due to the natural antibodies that are in breast milk and passed from mother to infant.

The risk factors of developing an ear infection are:

– altitude changes
– climate changes
– exposure to cigarette smoke
– pacifier use
– recent illness or ear infection

Common symptoms of ear infections include:

– mild pain or discomfort inside the ear
– a feeling of pressure inside the ear
– fussiness in young infants
– pus-like ear drainage
– hearing loss

How do you know if an ear infection is viral or bacterial?


Viral and bacterial ear infections have many similarities, but in general, bacterial infections:

– Have symptoms that persist for longer than the expected 10-14 days that a viral infection tends to last
– Have a fever that is higher than one might typically expect from a virus
– Have a fever that gets worse a few days into the illness rather than improving, which is more common in viral infections

The only way to know for sure if an ear infection is caused by a virus or bacteria is to receive a professional medical evaluation.

When should I go to the doctor for an ear infection?


Although most ear infections clear up on their own, they should be evaluated by a medical professional when:

– Symptoms do not improve within three days
– Body temperature rises above 100.4ºF
– Ear infections are being experienced regularly
– Symptoms are present in an infant younger than 6 months
– There is fluid discharge, pus, or blood
– The pain becomes severe
– Any other symptoms present themselves, including:
– vomiting
– headaches
– a stiff neck
– drowsiness
– a loss of balance

What happens if an ear infection is left untreated?


If an ear infection is left untreated, it can lead to unnecessary pain and permanent damage, including irreversible hearing loss. Treatment is typically convenient and inexpensive, and when treated, an ear infection typically clears up within a few days.

If you or someone you love is experiencing the symptoms of an ear infection, come to Nova Patient Care today. Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in treating ear infections and can help you feel better, sooner. We serve patients from Woodbridge VA, Bethel VA, Dale City VA, Old Town Alexandria VA, Huntington VA, Fort Hunt VA, Arlington VA, Mclean VA, Idylwood VA, Kingstowne Center Alexandria VA, Franconia VA, Newington VA, Falls Church VA, Annandale VA, Tysons VA, Richmond Hwy Alexandria VA, Pentagon City Arlington VA, Seven Corners VA, Lake Barcroft, VA and surrounding areas.

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Locations at Nova Patient Care Near Me in Woodbridge VA, Falls Church VA, Pentagon City VA, Arlington VA, Kingstowne Center VA, Richmond Hwy Alexandria VA, and Alexandra VA

Arlington, VA

Old Town, Alexandria, VA

Kingstowne Center Alexandria, VA

  • 5876 Kingstowne Center Suite 170, Alexandria, VA 22315
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Woodbridge, VA

Falls Church, VA

  • 5860 Columbia Pike, Bailey’s Crossroads, VA 22041
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Richmond Hwy Alexandria, VA

  • 7609 Richmond Hwy Suite B, Alexandria, VA 22306
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(Pentagon City) Arlington, VA

 

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