Ear infection isn’t just a childhood issue; it still affects 20% of adults. Bacteria and viruses don’t discriminate. Those with weak immune systems and ear inflammation should be vigilant. Recognize these unpleasant infections early for swift treatment.
Viral Strange brings you symptoms and prevention tips for an ear infection, but remember to consult your doctor for medical concerns.
Initially, you may experience mild itchiness in the inner ear canal, which can worsen if left untreated.
Redness can start inside the ear canal and progress, becoming noticeable on the inside and outside of the ear.
3. Discomfort or pain
Early on, you might feel general ear pain, especially when manipulating the earlobe or tragus. As the infection progresses, you may sense fullness in the ear. The pain may also radiate to your face, neck, or head.
4. Drainage of fluid
Odorless fluid drainage, initially minimal, can become excessive as the infection advances.
5. Muffled hearing or ringing
In severe cases, you might experience muffled hearing or persistent ringing in the affected ear.
6. Swollen neck lymph nodes
Untreated infections can lead to visibly swollen lymph nodes, often accompanied by fever due to complete ear canal blockage.
Prevention Tips for Ear Infection
1. Avoid cotton swabs and foreign objects
Refrain from using cotton swabs, which can push earwax deeper. Avoid inserting foreign objects like keys, hairpins, or paper clips, as they may worsen irritation and damage the skin.
2. Use swimming caps or earplugs
If you’re prone to ear infections, consider wearing a swimming cap to prevent water entry. Comfortable earplugs can also provide protection. Consult your doctor for additional precautions.
3. Keep ears dry with a blow-dryer
After water exposure, tilt your head and use a towel to dry your ears, facilitating water drainage. If water persists, use a blow-dryer on a low speed and heat to ensure thorough drying.
Have you ever suffered from an ear infection? How did you handle it? Tell us about your experience in the comments.