Ear Infection Treatment Flower Mound, TX
Do you ever think you or your child develop too many ear infections? While ear infections are much more common in children, there may be an underlying cause for repeat or chronic ear infections that need to be treated.
Dr. Mark Bickert is a board-certified otolaryngologist at Lone Star ENT. Dr. Bickert specializes in diagnosing the cause and treating chronic ear infections in Flower Mound, TX. Learn more about what causes ear infections, what complications could arise and about available treatment options. If your child has reoccurring ear infections, call us today at (972) 691-0368.
Causes of Chronic Ear Infections
The Eustachian tube goes from the middle of each ear to the back of the throat and is supposed to drain fluid from the ear. When you have a cold or allergies, the tube can swell and become blocked causing fluid to build up behind your eardrum.
A middle ear infection occurs when this fluid builds up and becomes infected. A chronic ear infection means that the initial infection did not completely go away. This is likely because the infection didn’t respond to treatment or was never treated.
Hearing Loss and Other Complications
When you, or your child, have an ear infection that doesn’t respond to treatment, see your Dr. Bickert to prevent a chronic ear infection. If a chronic ear infection is not treated correctly, it can lead to serious complications including:
- A ruptured eardrum
- Hearing loss
- Infection or damage to bones in the ear
- Damage to the tissues in the middle ear
- A cyst in the middle ear
Ear Tube Surgery in Flower Mound, TX
Surgery may be needed to drain the fluid behind the eardrum if you or your child have a chronic ear infection or if you develop multiple ear infections in a short amount of time.
A myringotomy procedure to insert ear tubes is commonly done to drain the fluid and equalize pressure on the eardrums. A small cut is made in the eardrum and excess fluid may be removed. A small tube is then placed through the cut so fluid can continue to flow out of the middle ear and reduce the chance of another ear infection. The eardrum usually sheds the tube naturally after two to three years.
Depending on the cause of your ear infection, Dr. Bickert may also recommend removal of the adenoids or tonsils as well as other treatments.
Schedule an appointment at Lone Star ENT at 972-691-0368 to discuss your best treatment option for chronic ear infection.