That occur when bacteria or viruses take hold, causing swelling and sometimes a build-up of fluids.
There are several different types of ear infection that affect different parts of the ear and can have different effects. Our doctors can talk through your symptoms, diagnose the type of ear infection you have and prescribe the necessary medication to treat it.See a Doctor
Infections of the outer ear (also known as Otitis Externa or ‘swimmer’s ear’) cause inflammation, swelling and pain.
This type of infection will usually require prescription medication and you’ll need to see a doctor to arrange this.
Inner ear infections (also called Labyrinthitis) can be very serious, affecting your balance and hearing. Symptoms can be very intense during the first week, but will usually get better within a couple of weeks.
Symptoms of inner ear infections might be:
The condition can be caused either by viruses or bacteria and if you think you might have it, you should consult with a doctor. Inner ear infections can have very severe effects, such as hearing loss, if not treated properly.
Children under the age of 10 are especially vulnerable to developing infections of the middle ear (known as otitis media).
Symptoms can include:
If you or your child have any of these symptoms, it’s well worth consulting a GP. While antibiotics aren’t usually required, they may be needed in severe cases, or where symptoms last a long time.See a Doctor