Otitis media, also known as middle ear infection, occurs mostly where the eustachian tube connects your ear to the back of your throat and drains fluid that the ear produces. If it doesn’t drain properly due to post nasal leakage, a sinus infection, a common cold or allergies, bacteria can build up, causing a non-contagious infection. These infections mostly affect children, though adults can get them as well.

Most ear infections can be treated by your primary care physician or your child’s pediatrician. However, if an appointment is not readily available and you would like to be relieved of your pain and get started with treatment, consult the medical professionals at Midwest Express Clinic.

What are the symptoms of an ear infection?

  • Fever
  • Ear pain or throbbing
  • A feeling as though your ear is clogged or under pressure
  • Slight difficulty hearing
  • Small amounts of clear or thick, yellow drainage from the ear
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and/or vomiting

How is an ear infection diagnosed?

When you walk into Midwest Express Clinic, our medical providers will carefully examine both ears, looking for:

  • Redness, air bubbles or leaking fluid in the middle ear
  • Perforation in the eardrum
  • A collapsed eardrum

If the infection is worse than expected or is considered advanced, we also may want to take a scan of your head to ensure it has not spread far past the middle ear. We may also recommend a hearing test to determine whether hearing loss has occurred.

What treatment is available for ear infections?

Our medical providers will determine a treatment plan suited to your infection. Treatments include warm compresses, ear drops, antibiotics or ibuprofen. You should seek emergency care if you experience bleeding from your ear, severe hearing loss or if you suspect the eardrum may be perforated.

Repeated ear infections may cause eardrum scarring, which over time may lead to hearing and speech problems. Tympanostomy tubes may be inserted in the eardrum of a child who has frequent ear infections. These tubes will allow proper ventilation and drainage of ear fluid to prevent buildup. The tubes typically fall out on their own, but they can be removed by a doctor.


If you cannot find relief from your ear pain, come to one of the four Midwest Express Clinic locations. We are conveniently located in Blue Island, Ill.; Willowbrook, Ill.; Schererville, Ind.; and Munster, Ind. We are open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; no appointment is necessary.

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