How can you tell if your getting an ear infection?
What Are the Symptoms of an Ear Infection?
- Earache (either a sharp, sudden pain or a dull, continuous pain)
- A sharp stabbing pain with immediate warm drainage from the ear canal.
- A feeling of fullness in the ear.
- Muffled hearing.
- Ear drainage.
How do you know if you have an ear infection in adults?
The middle ear is the area right behind your eardrum. Along with an earache, you may sense fullness in your ear and have some fluid drainage from the affected ear. Otitis media can come with a fever. You may also have trouble hearing until the infection starts to clear.
Do ear infections go away on their own?
Ear infections can go away on their own in many cases, so a minor earache may not be a worry. A doctor should typically be seen if symptoms have not improved within 3 days. If new symptoms occur, such as a fever or loss of balance, a doctor should be seen immediately.
What causes ear infection?
An ear infection is caused by a bacterium or virus in the middle ear. This infection often results from another illness — cold, flu or allergy — that causes congestion and swelling of the nasal passages, throat and eustachian tubes.