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Ear Infections Specialist

Cima Medical Centers

Family and Internal Medicine Practice located in Las Vegas, NV

Ear infections, which commonly affect children, lead to head pain and pressure that can become incredibly uncomfortable and can even disrupt your sleep. With the help of Israel Alvarado, MD, Robert Webb, PA, and the team at Cima Medical Centers, you or your child can get treated for ear infections at any of the practice’s four offices in Las Vegas, Nevada. Click on the online booking tool, or call the office location nearest you to book an ear exam. You can also walk-in for immediate care if necessary.

Ear Infections Q & A

Why do ear infections occur?

Ear infections develop when bacterial or viral invaders enter your middle ear, right behind your eardrum. These invaders multiply and lead to a painful infection and block your Eustachian tube in your middle ear — a tube that runs to the back of your throat — which leads to fluid buildup. Many ear infections are caused by:

  • Swollen or infected adenoids (near your tonsils)
  • Air pressure changes
  • Sinus infections 
  • Common colds
  • Allergies 

Children under the age of two are highly susceptible to ear infections because their immune systems are still developing. Any bacteria or virus that gets trapped in their small and fragile Eustachian tubes can quickly turn into a serious infection. 

What are the symptoms of an ear infection?

Ear infections lead to a variety of signs and symptoms in one or both ears. You may have difficulty hearing or even notice drainage from your ear. The more your ear infection progresses, the more likely you are to experience:

  • Decreased appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Poor balance
  • Headache 
  • Fever 

If your little one has an ear infection, they may tug at their ear or be overly fussy. In any case, if you or your child are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s crucial to visit Cima Medical Centers for an exam. 

How are ear infections treated?

Your dedicated practitioner at Cima Medical Centers examines you (or your child) and talks with you about the symptoms you’re experiencing. Depending on the severity of your ear infection, your doctor may recommend:

  • Over-the-counter pain medications and fever reducers
  • Specialized ear drops to relieve pain
  • Decongestant medications 
  • Antibiotics 

Some children are prone to frequent ear infections. In this case, your doctor at Cima Medical Centers could recommend a minor procedure to place ear tubes to help with fluid drainage (myringotomy). Usually, this is the last resort if more conservative treatments aren’t effective for your child or if they’re at risk of hearing loss because of frequent hearing infections. 

Cima Medical Centers provides comprehensive care for ear infections, including personalized treatment solutions. Request your ear infection exam online, or call any office to speak with a team member.