What is an ear infection?
An ear infection (acute otitis media) is a bacterial or viral disorder of the middle ear. The central section of the ear sits just behind the eardrum and contains tiny vibrating bones. When an ear infection occurs, patients can experience pain, dizziness, trouble with their balance, hearing loss, and uncomfortable pressure. While an ear infection is caused by a bacterium or virus, it's usually brought on by an illness, such as a cold, flu, or allergy. In the U.S., ear infections are one of the top reasons for children visiting a physician. But, this type of infection can affect adults as well. If you suspect an ear infection is the culprit of your or your child's pain, call Cross Timbers ENT in Midlothian, Mansfield, or Arlington, TX.
What is an outer ear infection?
Also known as swimmer's ear or otitis externa, an outer ear infection can cause pain, itching, redness of the ear canal, and discharge from the ear. Typically, this infection is caused by water in the ear, which can contribute to the growth of unwanted bacteria within the ear. If not properly treated, an outer ear infection can spread to other areas of the ear and cause additional issues. Most often, eardrops are the first treatment provided to help eradicate the infection.
What is a Middle Ear Infection?
Medically referred to as acute otitis media, a middle ear infection affects the space behind the eardrum that contains the small bones of the ear. Not only can this type of infection lead to pain, but it can also affect your overall hearing. There are many causes for a middle ear infection, including pressure in the ear and fluid build-up. Typically, a middle ear infection can be properly treated with antibiotics; however, in some cases, ear tubes may be recommended for recurrent infections in children.
Ear Infections Reviews
"Dr. Shellenberger at Cross Timbers ENT has treated both of my sons for chronic ear infections, and most recently treated my daughter for chronic nose bleeds. His staff and professional bedside manner was outstanding for each of my children. I would highly recommend Dr. Shellenberger to anyone looking for an ENT doctor in the area."- N.T. / Google / May 04, 2014
"I have been going to Cross Timbers for a few months. I initially made an appointment because I was getting ear infections constantly. Dr. Shellenberger is incredibly thorough, he listened to every single thing I said and did everything in his power to help. Ultimately he decided I need to have surgery to fix my deviated septum. I have been so anxious about having to have surgery but his entire team is amazing. I am scheduled for October 1st. His surgery scheduled Deb has been so kind. She got me scheduled on the day that works the absolute best for me. I highly recommend this office. The entire office staff is so nice, and Dr. Shellenberger is so detailed at every visit. Even follow ups. I can’t say enough good things about the entire office. From the moment you walk into the door until the moment you leave, every single person is kind and helpful. Highly recommend!!"- R.G. / Google / Oct 04, 2020
"Dr. Shellenberger was extremely helpful, seeing our 14 month old son after having several ear infections. He explained everything clearly and was able to see us quickly for the surgery to insert tubes. The procedure went smoothly. The office staff- Michael and Maria, were very friendly and welcoming. Thank you for taking such great care of our son!"- J.S. / Google / May 04, 2018
How are ear infections treated?
At Cross Timbers ENT, our skilled physicians will perform a physical exam of your ears to determine the underlying cause. Since ear infections are usually the result of a bacterial contaminant, they are typically treated with antibiotics. Depending on the severity of your infection, type, symptoms, and age, prescription medication will vary. On average, most patients will experience relief once they have completed the prescribed treatment regimen. If your ear infection does not go away after finishing your course of antibiotics or antivirals, other treatments may be discussed. If you, or your child, are suffering from recurring middle ear infections, we will consider placing ear tubes to prevent the infection from happening so frequently.
Cure ear infections
Ear infections can be acute or chronic and often cause a lot of discomfort. If you, or your child, are battling a nasty ear infection, call Cross Timbers ENT. Our caring physicians are highly experienced in diagnosing and treating ear infections. We offer locations in Arlington, Midlothian, and Mansfield, TX.