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What are Ear Infection Symptoms?

When the eardrum is swollen it is an ear infection symptomEar infection symptoms are more likely to affect children than adults, though the cause of most ear infections is a build-up of fluids in the middle ear. Because many children who are too young to speak will experience ear infection symptoms, it is important for parents and caregivers to recognize non-verbal cues. Ear infection in infants normally require antibiotic medication and it’s recommended you get your child to a doctor as soon as possible.


Ear Infection Symptoms in Children

  • Ear pain, especially lying down
  • Tugging or pulling at ear
  • Crying and fussiness beyond norm
  • Difficulty hearing and/loss of balance
  • Fever of 100 F
  • Headache 
  • Difficulty sleeping

Ear Infection Symptoms in Adults

  • Ear pain
  • Fluid draining from ear
  • Ear feels clogged – diminished hearing

If symptoms last longer than a day or fluid is draining from your ear – it’s recommended you see a doctor.

Treatment for Ear Infection Symptoms at FastMed

Getting immediate care for ear infection symptoms will shorten the duration of pain and discomfort they cause. Find the FastMed location nearest to you and simply come by – we’re a walk-in clinic. No appointment necessary, particularly important if you are dealing with a sick child. We accept most forms of insurance and are open 365 days a year.  The normal course of treatment is an examination of the middle ear using a pneumatic otoscope and a prescription for antibiotics if needed. Please remember, when taking medication it is very important to continue through the entire prescription – do not stop taking your antibiotics when you start to feel better.

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About FastMed

FastMed Urgent Care owns and operates nearly 200 centers in North Carolina, Arizona and Texas that provide a broad range of acute/episodic and preventive healthcare services 365 days a year. FastMed also provides workers’ compensation and other occupational health services at all its centers, and family and sports medicine services at select locations. FastMed has successfully treated more than six million patients and is the only independent urgent care operator in North Carolina, Arizona and Texas to be awarded The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for quality, safety and infection control in ambulatory healthcare. For more information about locations, services, hours of operation, insurance and prices, visit

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