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Ear Infections Santa Monica, CA

There are different types of infections that can affect different parts of the ear. Some require urgent care and some don’t. Many ear infections are in the middle ear. Bacteria and viruses can cause these ear infections. A middle-ear condition that occurs with fluid buildup, but no infection is called otitis media with effusion. This condition does not cause fever, pain or a buildup of pus. Swimmer’s ear occurs when the outer ear canal is infected.

High in the back of the throat, behind the nasal passages, are the eustachian tubes, which attach to the middle ear. The tubes open and close near the throat to regulate the air pressure in the inner ear and to refresh the air in the ear. They also drain out normal secretions from the middle ear. When the tubes become swollen and blocked, fluids build up in the middle ear. If the fluid becomes infected, you experience the pain of an ear infection.

Children experience ear infections far more often than adults. The eustachian tubes in children are more susceptible to blockage. They are narrower and more horizontal and do not drain as well as those of adults. Babies who drink from a bottle while lying down are more likely to suffer from ear infections.

Ear infections often clear up on their own, with symptoms improving within a couple of days. Your doctor may take a wait-and-see approach if symptoms are not severe. Over-the-counter pain medication may be advised to handle discomfort. Anesthetic drops are sometimes used to relieve ear pain. If the eardrum is perforated or torn, these drops should not be used.

Symptoms of Ear Infection

Unlike some illnesses that take a while to develop symptoms, ear infections will show symptoms right away. Adults will have ear pain and may have trouble hearing or have drainage from the ear.
Babies and young children will show signs of:

  • Irritability
  • Crying while tugging or pulling at an ear
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Difficulty hearing and responding to sounds
  • Loss of appetite
  • Drainage of fluid from the ear
  • A fever over 100 F (38 C)
  • Loss of balance

If your child is under six months old and shows signs of an ear infection, he or she needs to be seen by a doctor. Anyone who has a discharge of fluid, bloody fluid or pus from the ear should be examined. Ear infection symptoms that are ongoing or severe ear pain also warrant a visit to the doctor.

Contact our office and make an appointment to see Dr. Michael if you or your child has ongoing ear infection symptoms.

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I could literally write pages about Dr. Michael. I thankfully met him and his staff over 13 years ago after I had been suffering from a serious lung infection for over a month that 2 other doctors had missed.- 1 due to being totally arrogant and thinking I just had a cold. I was burning up and so sick I could barely walk. Dr. Michael took the time and actually listened to me - instead of just saying its probably just the flu (as the other doctors had done) or just a cold and sending me home, he actually did a complete physical on me an then had the intuition to order a chest x ray on me (I was not even coughing at the time) and then really looked at it and discovered that I actually had a really serious lung infection and started me on antibiotics. While this may sound like no big deal - it actually was, as he actually saw that it was not a normal looking lung infection and I later learned he went above and beyond and had a infectious disease specialist look at the x ray just to be safe and as he suspected it was even more serious. Since that day he has always been my main doctor. I would also like to add that I have a serious long term health condition and most doctors would generally attribute many of my current and past health issues to my main condition (it usually is the case) but Dr. Michael always looks at whatever is happening to me at the moment as if I was a new patient. This is probably his biggest talent and gift as a doctor as he has on more than one occasion over the years thought outside the box with me and has figured out quickly why I was sick at the time - sometimes it was minor but more than a few times it was really serious. His quick way of thinking and knowledge and intuition is what kept me from getting sicker and going into the hospital. If you are looking for a doctor that actually treats you like a person and not a number then see this man. I am not a celebrity or a wealthy person - far from it - but he treats me like I am - many Vets like myself go to the VA and its a great blessing but I just do not have the energy to go there as its so big. Dr. Michael is seriously brilliant and really patient and I am truly thankful I found him.

Edward Dragavon

Dr. Michael takes the time to explain the meaning of medical terms and test results in a way that a lay person can understand. He is very thorough and answers any question that you may have. His staff is also very professional and competent at their tasks. Given a choice, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

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Dr. Michael is an intelligent caring human being who is focused on positive outcomes. He has a great ability to synthesize the details of lab results and other tests into preventive measures. I greatly respect his approach to care.

William Barry

A very smart and caring doctor. Very intuitive and yet he will base his decisions on test data. Patient for over 10 years. 5 stars

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