What are chronic ear infections?
Most children will develop at least one ear infection (otitis media) before they turn two. A middle ear infection is usually caused by fluid that has built up behind the ear, leading to mild or severe pain and pressure. Other times, ear infections are often caused by swelling of the Eustachian tubes that occurs due to throat infections, allergies, or colds. Ear infections can be acute or chronic. Common symptoms include:
- Ear pain or pressure
- Ear popping
- Loss of balance
- Fluid drainage from the ear
- Hearing difficulties
If your child shows signs of an ear infection, schedule an appointment with the professionals at Cross Timbers ENT. We have three office locations in Arlington, Midlothian, and Mansfield, TX.
Chronic 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
How are chronic ear infections treated?
At Cross Timbers ENT, we will assess your child's symptoms and inspect the inside of the ear using a lighted tool. To test the movement of the eardrum, a pneumatic otoscope may be used to gently puff air inside the ear. This helps to detect pressure changes and determine whether fluid buildup exists behind the eardrum. To treat ear infections, antibiotics are often prescribed, and sometimes, a shot is administered. Preventing future ear infections is typically a matter of treating the underlying cause. If your child has chronic ear infections, we may recommend ear tubes, which create an airway that prevents fluid buildup. Ear tubes are usually worn for six months and fall out on their own. Other possible solutions include allergy treatments, tonsil removal, and adenoid removal.
Ease Ear Infections
Chronic ear infections can be stressful for both you and your child. If your child has an ear infection that has not gotten better after a couple of days, or you are concerned about recurrent ear infections, Cross Timbers ENT can help. We offer convenient appointments that fit your family's busy schedule so schedule a visit to one of our locations in Arlington, Midlothian, or Mansfield, TX.