Earaches can be incapacitating, but they don’t necessarily require antibiotic treatment. Ear infection prescribing guidelines have evolved over time; antibiotics may not even be recommended, just like not all ear infections are bacterial, and not all of them require medicine. We’ve put together this comprehensive guide to show you how to treat an ear infection at home in Glenrothes.
What causes earwax to build up?
If you’re suffering symptoms like dizziness and hearing loss, it could be due to an excessive build-up of earwax. Normally, this isn’t a cause for concern.
Many distinct environmental variables can induce a wax build-up, including:
- Ear canals that are narrow or hairy.
- Ageing, as wax becomes more difficult to remove and becomes harder as you become older.
- An inherent proclivity for producing more earwax.
- Having bony growths in the outside region of your ear canal.
- Earplugs, hearing aids, and any other devices placed into the ear. This is due to their ability to push wax further within.
How can you know if you have an ear infection?
The following are some of the most common ear infection symptoms:
- A tingling or aching sensation inside your ear
- A sense of pressure inside your ear that doesn’t go away
- Ear leakage that looks like pus
- Hearing loss
These symptoms could last a long time or come and go. You may experience symptoms in one or both of your ears. A double ear infection, an infection in both ears, usually causes more pain.
The symptoms of a chronic ear infection may be less visible than those of an acute ear infection.
Young children and babies, in addition to the symptoms present in adults, like ear pain and discharge, may display various indicators of an ear infection, including:
- Pulling or rubbing their ear
- Unable to respond to particular sounds
- Prone to losing one’s balance
- Agitation or fussiness
- A decrease in appetite
Ear infections usually last three days or less, but they can linger up to a week.
Children under the age of six months should consult a doctor if they develop a fever and perhaps other ear infection symptoms. If your child has a fever of more than 39°C or severe ear pain, get medical help.
What are the potential complications of an ear infection?
Ear infections normally go away on their own, although they sometimes return. Following an ear infection, these rare yet serious consequences may occur:
- Loss of hearing
- In children, speech or language delay is more prevalent when there is persistent fluid in the middle ear.
- Mastoiditis – a condition that affects the mastoid glands
- Meningitis – a disease that affects the brain and spinal cord
- Eardrum rupture
What is the fastest way to treat an ear infection at home in Glenrothes?
The most natural cure is to do nothing at all.
For mild forms of middle ear infection, commonly referred to as acute otitis media, your pharmacist may choose this strategy in order to enable the immune system to battle the infection without the use of antibiotics.
How to treat an ear infection at home in Glenrothes
These approaches will help you get rid of the symptoms of a minor ear infection:
- Cover the injured ear with a warm towel.
- To ease pain, use over-the-counter or prescription ear drops.
- Use over-the-counter decongestants such as pseudoephedrine (Sudafed).
- Sleeping on the impacted ear is not recommended.
Over the counter medication to treat an ear infection at home in Glenrothes
If you or your child has an infection, you’ll want to get rid of the pain as soon as possible.
Your pharmacist may also recommend using over-the-counter pain medicine, with or without antibiotics, for immediate relief. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen may be helpful, but you should always consult your doctor first.
Antibiotics will not help if an ear infection is caused by a virus. If your pharmacist feels bacteria caused the infection based on your history, they may prescribe an antibiotic.
You can also discuss what you can do at home with your pharmacist.
When should you see a doctor to treat an ear infection at home in Glenrothes
The following symptoms should necessitate consultation with a pharmacist or a doctor:
- A temperature of more than 39°c
- Oozing pus, discharge, or fluid from your ear
- Deterioration of symptoms
- Symptoms that last longer than two to three days
- Loss of hearing
- Other troubling signs and symptoms
A Royal tribute to our pharmacy
On the evening of May 4th, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales hosted a special reception at St James’s Palace for 200 pharmacists, pharmacy workers, and other health care leaders.
The ceremony honoured pharmacy teams from across the United Kingdom for their outstanding contributions to the nation’s health during the coronavirus outbreak.
The Prince of Wales paid tribute to the efforts of pharmacies on the front lines of the NHS in his concluding speech. He applauded pharmacy employees for their enthusiasm and professionalism during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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This blog post was written on behalf of Cadham Pharmacy by Pharmacy Mentor.