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About Chronic Ear Infection

Successfully Cure Chronic Ear Infections

Ear infections occur when there is swelling and excessive fluid behind the eardrum. It is not unusual for ear infections to accompany other infections such as a strain of influenza or the common cold. Chronic infections are most commonly diagnosed in children, although adults can also be diagnosed with this condition as well.

A chronic ear infection diagnosis is given when ear infections continually occur in patients despite the use of typically effective medical treatment such as antibiotic pharmaceutical treatments. Ear infections may be chronic if a patient experiences five or more ear infections in a 12-month period. Furthermore, chronic ear infections in children are fairly common in the United States, and they are responsible for over 30 million physician appointments annually. Experts at the miVIP Surgery Centers can effectively treat chronic ear infection in both children and adults.

What Causes Ear Infections?

The Eustachian tubes that connect the middle ear and the throat may be clogged with fluid after an individual has contracted a viral or bacterial infection or after an individual has suffered from allergic rhinitis. When working properly, the Eustachian tubes allow fluid to drain at a normal rate. However, a blockage can cause the middle ear to abnormally fill with fluid in which viruses and bacteria can grow.

Common Symptoms of Ear Infections

Ear infections can present various symptoms in adults and children. Some common symptoms include:

  • Mild to severe ear pain
  • Young children pulling at the infected ear or crying excessively
  • Nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite
  • Trouble hearing
  • Feeling of fullness in the ears
  • Fever and chills
  • Balance problems and vertigo
  • Ringing in the ears

It is important to note that the frequency of the infection is the determining factor to diagnose a chronic ear infection.

Treatment Options for Chronic Ear Infections

Patients that suffer from chronic ear infection report that the condition can be painful or largely debilitating. Effective surgical interventions are available for both adults and children that suffer from chronic ear infections. A few popular surgical treatments are listed below:

  • Adenoid removal surgery – This minimally-invasive procedure can help both adult and pediatric patients. Adenoid removal surgery can help further open the Eustachian tubes and subsequently reduce the risk of developing future ear infections as the Eustachian tubes can have an increased ability to normally drain fluid.
  • Tonsillectomy – The tonsils may be removed during an adenoid removal procedure to further open space for the Eustachian tubes to drain properly via a minimally-invasive tonsillectomy.

Prognosis for Chronic Ear Infections in Children and Adults

The prognosis for patients that suffer from chronic ear infections is positive. Minimally-invasive surgery can remedy the symptoms associated with chronic ear infection and to prevent serious harm. If left untreated, an ear infection can result in a number of highly concerning complications including perforated ear drum and meningitis.

Call miVIP to Learn about Treatment Options

Call miVIP today at 877-956-2263 to schedule an appointment. Our highly trained surgeons and support staff will provide you or your child with the latest diagnostic and treatment options for chronic ear infections.

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