Doctor will examine your ear with the help of an instrument called an otoscope, after checking the signs. The instrument will make out if eardrum is healthy eardrum (reflected by pink gray colour and transparent) or has been inflamed, swollen (red colour). Moreover, pressure caused by fluid in the middle ear is checked with a pneumatic otoscope.
You can try many things and remedies to get relief from ear pain. The common treatment options for earaches are the following.
Most earaches are treatable and the permanent damage to the ear or hearing ability is rare with proper treatment. Earaches may become serious when left untreated. A middle ear infection can have long-term effects such as inner ear infection, scarring of the eardrum, hearing loss, speech development problems in children and facial paralysis. One may develop serious medical conditions such as mastoiditis (infection of the skull behind the ear) and meningitis (infection in the tissues around the brain and spinal cord).
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