By Sophia Omoro, MD
Ochsner ENT Dr. Omoro discusses ear infections and ear tubes. There are 3 parts of ear, and an infection can occur in any of the 3 cavities of the ear. Infections occur more often in children than adults mainly because the middle part of the ear is still developing. Since this part of the ear is not as fully developed in children as in adults, children can be more susceptible to infections. Signs of an ear infection include fever, irritability, crankiness and a pain in the ear. In babies and infants, it is important to contact your doctor when symptoms are lasting longer than 12 to 24 hours. Ear infections are treated with antibiotics for the infection and over-the-counter medications for pain. Ear tubes can be used in the treatment of ear infections in children.
Dr. Omoro practices at Ochsner Health Center - Covington. She can be reached at (985) 875-2828.