An ear infection, or Otitis Media, is among the most common issues faced by physicians caring for children. Approximately 80% of children will have at least one episode of acute otitis media (AOM), and between 80% and 90% will have at least one episode of otitis media with effusion (OME) before they reach school age. Additionally, ear infections can also occur in adults, especially people with compromised immune systems or inner ear inflammation. When it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of ear conditions, Marlowe & Marrs, MD have the experience and dedication needed to provide fast and effective care.
How Does an Ear Infection Occur?
Common symptoms of an ear infection include the presence of middle ear pain, physical evidence of middle ear inflammation, soreness, irritability, and fever. Additionally, you may experience some nausea, vertigo, and hearing loss. The onset of an ear infection may be due to an underlying condition. Therefore, signs and symptoms of the problem may vary widely from person to person. However, if you are experiencing these symptoms, we strongly encourage you to visit our Sarasota center. Our staff has been successfully diagnosing and treating ENT diseases for over 20 years. We are dedicated to finding the cause of your issue and providing you with a comprehensive treatment plan.
Diagnosing an Ear Infection
Typically, our team of otolaryngologists can diagnose an ear infection or other similar condition based on the symptoms you describe and a routine physical exam. When you come in for a consultation, we will begin by asking you a series of questions. Afterward, we will use a lighted instrument, known as an otoscope, to examine your ears, throat, and nasal passage if necessary. In some cases, additional tests such as a Tympanometry or Tympanocentesis may be needed to get at the root cause of your ear infection. After discovering the source of your infection, we will do all we can to provide you with the treatment you seek.
Treating Ear Infections
Some ear infections can clear up on their own over time, but others may require a course of antibiotics. In either case, the use of over-the-counter pain management medicine may be recommended. Anesthetic drops can also help relieve pain in the eardrum so long as it hasn’t been torn or pierced. Following your initial visit, subsequent visits may be scheduled to provide monitoring. If your condition persists or worsens over time, we will explore additional treatment options.
Ear Infection Treatments In Sarasota, Florida
Ear infections can be quite painful and can disrupt our day-to-day lives. At Marlowe & Marrs, we believe that no one should have to struggle with these issues alone. To learn more about our otitis media treatment options, make an appointment by calling (941) 303-8590 or selecting and filling out the appropriate form below.