Many of us associate ear infections with children, especially very young ones.
It’s true that children are more likely to get ear infections because of the size and shape of the tube that runs between the middle ear and throat, called the eustachian tube. However, people of any age can get an ear infection. Because we don’t expect older adults to get an ear infection, it can be hard to recognize them when they happen.
What Causes Ear Infections?
Bacteria or viruses that get into the middle ear cause ear infections. Often, the infection happens because of another illness, like a cold or allergies. These illnesses can make the eustachian tube swell or become congested. When that happens, the blockage can cause fluid to build up in the middle ear. Bacteria or virus in the fluid cause ear infection symptoms.
Some adults are more likely to get ear infections than others. People at greater risk for ear infection are those who have:
- Weakened immune systems.
In addition, people who smoke or who are around people when they smoke may also get ear infections.
What Are the Symptoms?
The symptoms of an ear infection in an older adult can depend on how severe the infection is as well as some other factors. Common symptoms of ear infections in adults are:
- A pressure in the ear
- A headache
- Changes in hearing
- Nausea and vomiting
- Fluid drainage
Treating an Ear Infection
Doctors usually prescribe antibiotics to treat an ear infection. It’s important that the senior takes all of the antibiotics, even if the symptoms of the infection disappear before the medicine is used up. This will help keep the infection from coming back. A home care provider can remind your aging relative to take the antibiotic.
Home care can also help seniors to manage the pain of an ear infection. Some things a home care provider can do are:
-Make a Warm Compress: A home care provider can prepare a warm, damp washcloth for the senior to place over the sore ear. If the older adult isn’t able to hold the cloth to their ear, a home care provider can do it for them.
-Pain Medications: The doctor might suggest that your aging relative take over the counter pain medications to reduce pain. A home care provider can remind the senior to take them and ensure they are taking them according to the directions on the package or the doctor’s advice.
If the symptoms of the ear infection don’t resolve, the senior might need to see the doctor again. If so, home care can provide transportation to the doctor’s office.
If you are considering Homecare in Robinson TWP, PA, please contact the friendly staff at Liken Home Care. Call (412) 693-6820 or (855) 856-0551
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Has been in the staffing business since 1970.The original company LIKEN SERVICES, INC. was a general service staffing company specializing in the administrative, clerical, secretarial all office support staff positions (both temporary and direct hire) with 14 branch offices in and around W. PA and Upstate NY.As a division of that company, LIKEN HEALTH CARE, INC. was started in 1974 as a medical staffing company that staffed hospitals and other health care facilities.In 1976,we began to “follow the patients home” and at that point we started providing private duty home care. In 1995, the general staffing company was sold to a national, public company, and the health care staffing company was retained. Since 1995, we have concentrated our efforts in the health care marketplace.
Due to the aging baby boomers and the fact people are just living longer, in the late 90’s we refocused the company and today Liken specializesin providing private duty assisted living to those who need help to remain at home.A valuable service that allows an individual to remain independent in their homes for a much longer period of time as well as maintain a high level of quality of life.
Today, we specialize in providing private duty home care (Liken Home Care) to the elderly, the recovering ill, and the disabled in all of Western Pa.
In addition, Robert isCPC (Certified Personnel Consultant) and a CTS (Certified Temporary Staffing Specialist); professional designations of the National Association of Personnel Services.
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