Wilderness: Ear Infection (cont.)
When to Seek Medical Care
- Seek medical treatment as soon as possible for an examination of the ear if an ear infection is suspected.
- • Seek medical treatment immediately if you experience a sudden loss in hearing in one or both ears (usually occurring over a period of less than 24-48 hours).
- Elderly people and people with high blood pressure should use decongestants with caution.
- Consult a doctor about treatment with available medications for an ear infection.
Pictures of the Ear
Picture of the outer and inner structures of the ear
The anatomy of the ear. The "760" notes atmospheric pressure in the middle ear. The eustachian tube supplies air to the middle ear
Medically reviewed by Peter O'Connor, MD; American Board of Otolaryngology with subspecialty in Sleep Medicine
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/29/2014
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