Pain caused by ear infection-not otherwise specified

Pain Caused by Ear Infection-Not Otherwise Specified

Ear infections are common, especially in childhood. When an infection occurs in the middle ear, it can cause pain, discomfort, hearing loss, balance problems, and facial nerve paralysis. Sometimes, the cause of the infection isn’t clear. When this happens, the diagnosis is ear infection-not otherwise specified or “ENS”.

ENS can affect both adults and children. Symptoms may include:

  • Ear pain that is worse when lying down or when pressure is applied to the area
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Fever or feeling ill
  • Discomfort with bright lights
  • Hearing loss
  • Headache
  • Fluid draining from the ears

Treating the infection depends on the cause. The infection could be bacterial or viral. In some cases, an ENT specialist may be needed to diagnose the cause. Treatment will also depend on the severity of the infection. Antibiotics may be prescribed.

In some cases, non-medicinal treatments may help with symptom relief. These may include putting a warm compress on the ear or taking an over-the-counter pain reliever. It is important to stay hydrated while dealing with an infection, so drink plenty of fluids. Some people may find relief from sleeping with an extra pillow.

If the pain persists or worsens, contact your doctor. You may need further testing or treatment. With treatment and pain relief, the infection should clear soon.