The other factors that increases the risk of ear infection or develops ear infection are being exposed to tobacco smoke, not being breastfed and attending a nursery or a day care. The ear infection is not a contagious disease and does not spread from one person to another.
The symptoms of ear infection develop quickly and usually resolve itself within few days; this kind of ear infection is usually known as acute otitis media. As the children cannot tell us about the ear pain, the only option is to observe the symptoms of ear infections that are common in children like pain, difficulty in sleeping, pulling the ear, crying more than usual, difficulty in hearing or responding to sound, drainage of fluid from ear, high fever, loss of appetite, diarrhea and vomiting. The common symptoms of ear infection in adults are ear pain, drainage of fluid from the ear, sore throat and diminished hearing.
Most of the ear infections don't require any treatment and they cure by itself in a couple of days. Usually the treatment of ear infection follows a wait-and-see approach for a couple of days. But if their is no improvement then you can go to a doctor for treatment of ear infection, the treatment will help to lessen the pain. The treatments of ear infection includes a warm compression, pain medication and ear drops.
The medications for ear infection are acetaminophen or ibuprofen; these are used to relieve the pain. Ear drops such as antipyrine-benzocaine are also used for pain relief. The medications for ear infections should be used as recommended by the doctor and the instructions on the label should be read carefully.
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