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Infections, ear wax, sore throat, and cough. Listen up to learn more.
What are Ear Infections?
Ear infections are typically caused by a virus or bacteria and usually affect the external or middle ear. It most commonly involves a disturbance in the air-filled space behind the eardrum (ie. the middle ear).
Symptoms of an Ear Infection
Ear infections are quite common and may include:
- Ear pain
- “Clogged” ear feeling
- Uneasy sleep
- Loss of balance
- Warm drainage from the ear canal
- Muffled hearing
What is Earwax Impaction?
When too much earwax builds up it gets impacted (stuck) inside the ear, causing symptoms such as temporary hearing loss, pain or tinnitus (ringing in the ears) You may also hear this referred to as a Cerumen impaction.
Earwax Impaction Risk Factors
It’s not as simple as not cleaning your ears. Risk factors are aplenty and include:
- Use of hearing aids
- Use of ear plugs
- A small, narrow ear canal
- Skin conditions such as eczema inside the ear canal
- Use of cotton-tipped swabs to remove earwax that actually push the wax further into the ear canal
What is a Sore Throat?
Sure, you’ve had one, but what is it really? It’s pain or irritation in the throat that can happen with or without swallowing, and often accompanies colds or the flu.
Sore Throat Risk Factors
As mentioned, colds and the flu can cause sore throats, but the following contribute as well:
- Exposure to chemical irritants
- Sinus infections
- Weakened immune system
What is a Chronic Cough?
Unlike an acute or temporary cough caused by infection or allergy flare, a chronic cough is a persistent cough that lasts several weeks and doesn’t seem to have an obvious cause.
Chronic Cough Risk Factors
Lasting coughs that don’t go away are often associated with the following factors:
- Compromised immune systems
- Chronic bronchitis as a result of smoking
- Non-asthmatic eosinophilic bronchitis (NAEB)
- The use of angiotensin-converting-enzyme (ACE) inhibitors
Sunnyvale Primary Care Can Help
As you can see, we treat a variety of eye, ear, nose, and throat conditions. Dr. Kam and Dr. Fontenot along with the rest of the team here at Sunnyvale Primary Care are dedicated to making you feel comfortable as we improve your health and well-being.