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Adults get ear infections? Who knew?!

It’s no surprise when you hear that a toddler has an ear infection, but did you know that it’s common for adults to get them, too? According to the physicians at Centra Care, this is especially true during cold and allergy seasons. Over the last few weeks, Centra Care data shows that as case numbers of sinusitis and allergy complications have risen, so has the number of adult patients suffering from Otitis Media (a.k.a. Middle Ear Infection)

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A virus often causes ear infections, but bacteria could also be to blame. Otitis Media occurs when the ear lining becomes swollen, and fluid builds up, causing infection and possibly pain. The part of the ear that gets blocked is the Eustachian tube, which connects the middle ear to the back of the throat. When you have a cold, the middle ear can get filled with fluid just as the nose does and that fluid can become infected. Even after treatment, fluid may take a month or longer to go away.

Symptoms to look for:

  • Fluid draining from ears
  • Earache
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Problems with hearing
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty balancing
  • See a Doctor if you have:

  • High Fever
  • Discharge of blood or pus from the ears
  • Been diagnosed with an ear infection and symptoms do not improve, or worsen
  • Your healthcare provider can determine what kind of ear infection is present and if treatment is needed.

    (Source: CDC)