Why do I Keep Experiencing Frequent Ear Infections?
Allergies are often the cause of frequent infections, especially those that affect the ear and sinuses. Otitis media, which is an inflammation and infection of the middle ear, is the most common of these frequent infections. Frequent infections of the ear can be caused by allergies, common head colds, sinus infections and even tobacco smoke. Most ear infections are considered acute, which means the infection is painful and short-lived. However, some ear infections are chronic; chronic, frequent infections should be discussed with a doctor to determine their causes.
Symptoms of ear infections often include swelling, ear aches, or hearing loss, though some who suffer with frequent infections may also suffer from general malaise, nausea or diarrhea. Children are more likely to suffer with ear infections, though adults can contract them as well. If your ear infections are a result of seasonal or perennial allergies, world class allergist Dr. Atul Shah can help determine the causes and develop a plan of treatment to put an end to frequent infections. If frequent infections are found not to be related to underlying allergies, Dr. Shah usually checks the functions of the immune system that is required to fight the infections.
Please call your doctor right away if your ear infection is accompanied by fever to determine the best course of action. Medication may be prescribed for frequent infections in the middle ear.
If you suffer with frequent infections come see Dr. Shah at The Center for Asthma & Allergy in Shirley, Long Island, New York. We have proudly served Suffolk County for over a decade and welcome new patients. Please contact Dr. Shah’s office at (631) 395-5464 for a consultation about your ear infections with Long Island’s premier allergy & asthma specialist.