Otitis media is an ear infection. It occurs in cases when the middle ear, the area behind the eardrum gets inflamed. An infection of the middle ear is usually a viral or bacterial infection. Children are more likely to suffer from otitis media than adults.
Infections of the middle ear are frequent and tend to be quite painful because of the accumulation of the fluid in the area behind the eardrum, where the tiny vibrating bones of the ear are located. Often these infections also tend to resolve on their own. Managing pain and monitoring the problem is part of the treatment.
Long-term complications and even hearing loss are possible in cases of frequent middle ear infections, persistent infections, the persistent presence of fluids in the middle ear, etc. But, what are the symptoms of otitis media? Let’s have a look!
Symptom #1: Ear Pain
Ear pain is a common symptom of otitis and similar inflammations of the external, middle and inner ear. It is mostly accompanied by other symptoms, such as the ones listed below. An earache due to otitis can be so discomforting, that it may require immediate medical attention.
There are some home remedies also known to help ease the pain, such as using a warm compress or a cold one on the area that is hurting. Usually, the doctor will be able to find out the reason behind this earache during a physical exam and further medical tests might not be necessary at all.