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Ear Infection

What is an Ear Infection?

An ear infection is an infection that causes inflammation of the inner ear or the nerve in the inner ear.

Help for an Ear Infection at Bronson

If an ear infection is causing you concern, discomfort or interrupting your daily life, you can rely upon your local care team at Bronson to provide the relief you need.

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Symptoms of Ear Infections

Common symptoms of an ear infection are:

Common Symptoms in Adults

  • Headaches
  • Earache (sharp sudden pain, continuous dull pain)
  • Sensitivity to the touch
  • Dizziness
  • Hearing loss

Common Symptoms in Children

  • Crying more than usual
  • Pain when laying down
  • Tugging/pulling at the ear
  • Difficulty sleeping

Common Causes of Ear Infections

An ear infection is caused by bacteria or a virus in the middle ear and often results from another illness. Common causes of an ear infection are:

  • Illness (flu, cold, allergies)
  • Water in the ear (commonly called swimmer's ear)

Prevention of Ear Infections

An ear infection is not contagious, but viruses that lead to an ear infection can be spread from person to person. To prevent getting and passing an ear infection, consider following the tips below:

Prevent Getting an Ear Infection

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Get enough sleep
  • Avoid known allergens

Prevent Passing an Ear Infection

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Avoid sneezing or coughing into your hands

Ear Infection Treatment

Most ear infections will resolve on their own. 

Types of Treatment

  • Your provider may prescribe antibiotics, antivirals or other medications to treat the infection and manage symptoms 
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Get plenty of rest

If your symptoms continue or worsen after 7 days, call your doctor.

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On Demand Video Visit

See a doctor online using your smartphone, tablet or computer from the comfort of your home for minor illnesses (patients 18 months or older).

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Contact your Primary Care Provider

Current patients can schedule in-person or video visit appointments by calling the office.

Scheduled Video Visit

Find a doctor and schedule online or by calling (269) 341-7788.

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FastCare®

Walk-in care for minor illnesses for patients (18 months or older) in Kalamazoo.

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Urgent Care

Walk-in care for non-life threatening illnesses or injuries in Battle Creek.

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Emergency Care

Walk-in care for serious or life-threatening injuries or illnesses. If you are unable to walk-in, dial 911 for emergency assistance.

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Find the Right Care Based on Your Need

Still not sure which is the best care option for you? Visit our Need Care Now page to compare options.

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Know When to Dial 911

If you are have persisting or worsening symptoms, or are experiencing a life-threatening condition such as chest pain, trouble breathing or stroke symptoms, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.