About Chronic Ear Infection

Ear infections involve swelling and excessive fluid buildup behind the eardrum, causing an infection. Often times, an ear infection can accompany the flu, a common cold, or any other type of respiratory infection. The bacteria or virus from the cold or flu can climb up into the ear canal via the Eustachian tube. Chronic ear infections are commonly found in children; however, the condition can also be found in adults.

Ear infections are diagnosed as being chronic if they are continually reoccurring, despite the use of antibiotics or other traditional techniques. If you or your child is diagnosed with more than five ear infections during a one year time period, it may be referred to as chronic. In America, chronic ear infections are responsible for more than 30 million doctor appointments every year. The miVIP surgery centers may be able to cure your chronic ear infection problem.

Causes of Chronic Ear Infection

When an individual is suffering from a cold, sinus infection or allergic rhinitis, their Eustachian tubes may become blocked with fluid. The Eustachian tube is a passageway between the middle ear and the throat, and is used to drain fluid from the middle ear. When blocked, the middle ear becomes filled with fluid, lending perfect conditions for viruses and bacteria to grow.

Common Chronic Ear Infection Symptoms

Ear infections can cause a variety of symptoms, include the following:

  • Mild to severe ear pain. Excessive pressure in the middle ear can cause an ear infection to be rather painful. Babies and small children may start pulling at their ears as an indicator of an earache.
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Trouble hearing
  • Fever
  • Thick yellow drainage from the ear may be an indicator that the eardrum has ruptured from excessive pressure.
  • Balance problems
  • Ringing in the ears
Although you can continually treat the symptoms with each ear infection, your physician may suggest undergoing a more permanent solution if your condition is classified as chronic.

Treating Chronic Ear Infection

Chronic ear infections can be painful and debilitating. They cause children to miss school and adults to miss work. Your physician may recommend the following treatment options for your chronic condition:

  • Adenoid Removal: Having an adenoid removal procedure may open up the Eustachian tubes and reduce the risk for developing recurring ear infections. This minimally invasive procedure can be extremely beneficial to those who suffer from ear infections.
  • Tonsillectomy: Often times, the tonsils are removed along with the adenoids in order to open up the constricted Eustachian tube passageway.
Talk to an experienced miVIP surgeon to discuss all of your minimally invasive options.

Prognosis

When correctly diagnosed and treated, the prognosis of chronic ear infections is favorable. If an ear infection is left untreated, it can lead to complications, including hearing loss, bone infections, perforation of the eardrum, facial nerve paralysis and meningitis.

Call miVIP for Your Treatment Options

If you or your child is suffering from chronic ear conditions, call miVIP today at 855-496-4847. Our caring professionals are standing by to find the best treatment options for your chronic condition.

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