What is an Inner Ear Infection?
Inner Ear Infections (also known as Accute Otitis Media or Fluid in the Ear) is an infection of the middle ear (the space behind the eardrum). Inner Ear Infections can occur as a result of the common cold and are more likely to occur in children than adults. Congestion can block the internal passage (“Eustachian Tube”) that drains fluid from the middle ear. When the middle ear fills with fluid, bacteria can grow there and cause an infection.
There may be ear pain, swelling, loss of hearing or muffled hearing or temporary loss of hearing.
Oral antibiotics are used to treat this illness, not ear drops. The appropriate medication can be prescribed by one of our Providers. In some instances, our Doctors Express center may have the medication on site so that you can start your treatment immediately after your office visit. Symptoms usually start to improve within 1-2 days of treatment.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms described above, please visit your local Doctors Express Urgent Care or schedule an appointment online today! Walk ins are welcome.