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Ear Infection

Noosha Shaheedy, MD, FAAP

Pediatrician located in Century City, CA

As a board-certified pediatrician, Dr. Noosha Shaheedy can effectively diagnose and treat several health conditions commonly associated with childhood, including ear infections. The doctor and her staff at Shaheedy Medical Corporation recommend that parents living in the Century City and greater Los Angeles areas bring their children to the facility if they begin to experience symptoms associated with upper-respiratory and ear infections.

Ear Infection Q&A

What are the symptoms of an ear infection?

Ear infections often accompany colds or allergies and may not exhibit many symptoms. The most common symptoms include earaches, low-grade fever, pressure within the ear, and the inability to hear. The inability to hear may be caused by a buildup of pressure behind the eardrum that muffles sounds making it harder to hear.

Small children will often tug or pull on their ears or rub them in an attempt to relieve the discomfort they feel. Earache can be quite severe and is often worse after spending time outside. Often, people don't realize they have an ear infection because many of the symptoms mimic those associated with a cold or the flu.

How are ear infections treated?.

Over-the-counter pain medications like acetaminophen or Ibuprofen can be used to control the pain and discomfort associated with ear infections.  If the ear pain persists, then Dr. Shaheedy can examine the patient to rule out an ear infection.  If needed then ear infections are treated with antibiotics. If a child has recurrent ear infections, she may recommend placing small tubes in the ears to help drain excess fluid. Because ear infections often accompany upper respiratory or sinus infections, treating the symptoms of the other health conditions will also improve the symptoms that involve the ears.

Can ear infections be prevented?

Although not all ear infections can be prevented, washing hands to reduce the spread of germs, keeping the child away from cigarette smoke, and making sure the child is up to date on their vaccinations are just a few ways that will reduce the risk of any type of infection.

Providing children with nutritious foods that boost their immune systems is one of the best ways to fight any type of infection.  Regular check-ups can also uncover potential allergies and health conditions that contribute to the recurrence of ear infections.