Earache Treatment in Magnolia & Vintage Park, TX
Earaches are very common, especially among children. The pain can vary from dull and throbbing to sharp and burning. While many earaches are tolerable and short-lived, it is important to have severe or persistent ear pain promptly evaluated by a health care professional. You can receive fast and effective earache treatment at Medella Urgent Care. Visit one of our walk-in clinics in Magnolia and Vintage Park, Texas, where you will be promptly seen by an experienced and friendly medical provider.
Some common causes of ear pain include:
A Middle Ear Infection
Due to seasonal allergies or the common cold, mucus may build up in the nasal cavities behind the eardrum, where it can trap a virus or bacteria and cause a painful infection in the middle ear. After diagnosing a middle ear infection, a provider at Medella Urgent Care can suggest appropriate earache treatment, which may involve a course of antibiotics (for a bacterial ear infection) or a nasal decongestant, antihistamine, pain reliever, or steroid.
A painful and often itchy infection in the outer ear canal, swimmer’s ear usually develops when water remains in the ear after swimming or bathing. This moist environment creates an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. To help resolve the infection and relieve the earache, a provider at Medella Urgent Care may prescribe antibiotic ear drops.
Earwax is an antibacterial substance produced by the body to help protect and lubricate the ears. With chewing and other jaw movements, earwax normally moves out of each ear and flakes off the skin. However, it can sometimes build up, harden, and block the ear canal. A provider at Medella Urgent Care can safely remove impacted earwax.
“Airplane ear” occurs when the air pressure in the middle ear does not match the air pressure in the outer environment. Usually, the Eustachian tube, a narrow passageway to the middle ear, is able to equalize the air pressure on both sides of the eardrum. However, if the outside air pressure changes very rapidly—such as when an airplane is climbing after takeoff or descending for landing—the Eustachian tube may not respond quickly enough. If the resulting earache is severe or lasts longer than a few days, it’s best to seek medical attention.
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You don’t have to suffer from ear pain. Come to Medella Urgent Care in Magnolia, TX, or Vintage Park for earache treatment today.