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Ear Infection Specialist

Telakai Health

Telemedicine & General Family Medicine located in Fort Lauderdale, FL

An ear infection can be incredibly uncomfortable and can make it difficult to focus on anything else. When finding relief is a top priority, reach out to telemedicine practitioner Alexandra Doerschel, FNP-BC, AGACNP-BC, of Telakai Health, serving residents of Fort Lauderdale and throughout Florida. A quick diagnostic assessment can place you on a path to effective treatment. The process begins with a quick call or a visit to the online booking tool.

Ear Infection Q&A

What is an ear infection?

Ear infections develop when bacteria or viruses enter and multiply in the area behind your eardrum. They are common among children, but adults can also develop an ear infection. 

Ear infections develop in your middle ear. This is the air-filled space that lies between your eardrum and inner ear. The incredibly thin bones that conduct sound vibrations from your eardrum to your inner ear are found in your middle ear. 

Certain factors increase your risk of developing an ear infection. These include:

  • Colds
  • Family history of ear infections
  • Chronic illnesses
  • Allergies
  • Age, with infants and young children at a higher risk

Many ear infections develop when the viruses or bacteria from a cold or upper respiratory infection enter the ear through the eustachian tube. 

What are some signs I might have an ear infection?

Most ear infections present clear signs and symptoms, making them relatively easy to diagnose. Pain in the ear is a primary symptom, and babies often display behaviors like pulling or tugging their ears, being fussy or irritable, and crying more than usual. 

Additional signs of an ear infection include:

  • Drainage from the ear
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleep disruptions
  • Fever
  • Difficulty hearing normally

Some children only experience one ear infection during childhood, while others suffer from frequent ear infections. If ear infections occur frequently, fluid buildup within the ear can cause hearing loss, delayed speech, or even a tear in the eardrum. 

What are some options for treating an ear infection?

Antibiotics are the primary treatment for ear infections. A quick course of treatment can help your body clear the infection and eliminate symptoms. 

Some infections will clear up on their own given enough time, but many parents want to ease symptoms as quickly as possible. Over-the-counter pain medications can reduce discomfort as your body fights off an ear infection. 

During your telemedicine visit, let your practitioner know if you or your child has had previous ear infections. There may be more advanced treatments that can help, and your practitioner can guide you toward the resources you need. 

If you have questions or concerns about ear infections, call Telakai Health right away. Online booking is also an option and is fast and easy. Don’t wait until an ear infection becomes unbearable to seek professional medical treatment.