Four Ear Infection Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

Ear infections can be a painful problem for children and adults alike. While some cases of ear infections can be treated at home, there are some symptoms that can indicate it’s time to see an ENT specialist before the infection turns into a severe problem. At Houston Physicians’ Hospital, we understand the importance of ENT health, so we’ve laid out some ear infection symptoms that mean it’s time to see an ear doctor:

 

  1. Sudden Onset of High Fever

Fever is often a common symptom associated with ear infections but be sure to keep an eye on your body temperature. Fever is the body’s response to an infection, but a sudden, high fever caused by your ear infection can indicate a more serious problem that needs to be addressed by a medical professional. According to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, adults with fevers higher than 103 degrees that last for over 48 hours should seek medical attention (1).

 

  1. Swelling Under or Behind the Ear

Swelling behind or under the ear can occur in some cases of ear infections. While this swelling isn’t usually dangerous, it is still important to see an ear doctor when it occurs. It could indicate that the mastoid bone, located behind the ear, has become infected. According to the National Health Service, this condition, called mastoiditis, often occurs following an ear infection (2). If diagnosed and treated early, mastoiditis often resolves quickly with no complications. However, if left untreated, this condition can cause serious problems. As swelling is a key symptom of mastoiditis, it’s important to see an ENT specialist for ear swelling to rule out the possibility of this condition.

 

  1. Blood Coming from the Ear

According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, a middle ear infection can sometimes result in a rupture of the eardrum, called an eardrum perforation (3). When this happens, built up fluid is able to drain from the ear. If you notice bloody drainage coming from your ear, you’ll need to see an ear doctor for a professional diagnosis. Some eardrum perforations may require surgery to fully heal. Even if surgery is not required, your ENT specialist can treat the perforation and help protect it from further damage caused by water or trauma.

 

  1. Inability to Move Normally

According to the National Institutes of Health, an ear infection can cause balance problems, as the vestibular system that helps control balance is affected (4). When your ear infection affects your ability to balance, the condition is called labyrinthitis. While labyrinthitis may slightly affect your sense of balance, it should not impair your overall ability to move normally. If your ear infection is accompanied by difficulty with everyday movement, you may need to see an ENT specialist. In severe cases of labyrinthitis, vestibular rehabilitation therapy is needed to help regain normal function. Your specialist will be able to determine which method of treatment is needed for your situation.

 

Ear infections usually resolve on their own with only mild symptoms. However, if you notice any of the above listed symptoms, it’s best to see your ENT specialist to rule out any severe problems. For the leading ENT treatments in the Clear Lake area give Houston Physicians’ Hospital a call at (281) 557-5620 or learn more at www.houstonphysicianshospital.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. https://share.upmc.com/2016/10/fever-treatment-guidelines/
  2. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/mastoiditis/#symptoms-of-mastoiditis
  3. https://www.entnet.org/content/perforated-eardrum\
  4. https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/balance-disorders

 

Knee and Hip Pain Causes and Treatments

[vc_row][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_custom_heading text=”Event Details” font_container=”tag:h1|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_separator color=”mulled_wine” style=”shadow”][vc_column_text]Houston Physicians’ Hospital is hosting a Free Community Seminar on knee and hip pain. Join our experts Monday, August 6, at 5:30 p.m. for our community seminar about knee and hip pain. If you are suffering from knee or hip pain symptoms, you have options for treatment through our Joint Solutions Center. Everyone in the Webster, Clear Lake, Friendswood, League City and surrounding areas are welcomed to this free event at HPH. We hope to educate and inform our neighbors of professional healthcare treatments that solve knee pain problems. Our experts on this topic are Stephanie Stinson, RN & Cody Pena, PTA.

Join Our Knee and Hip Pain Experts

Stephanie and Cody will dive further into knee and hip pain conditions and your treatment options at HPH. This community talk will take place at Houston Physicians’ Hospital 333 North Texas Avenue, Suite 2500 Webster, Texas.

To RSVP for our knee pain community talk, call (281) 557-4614 or email aspeaks@hphtx.org

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Get Back To Life Without Back Or Neck Pain

[vc_row][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_custom_heading text=”Event Details” font_container=”tag:h1|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_separator color=”mulled_wine” style=”shadow”][vc_column_text]Houston Physicians’ Hospital is hosting a Free Community Seminar on back and neck pain. Join our experts Monday, July 16, at 12:00 p.m. for our community seminar. If you are suffering from back and neck pain symptoms, you have options for treatment through our hospital. Everyone in the Webster, Clear Lake, Friendswood, League City and surrounding areas are welcomed to this free event hosted by HPH. We hope to educate and inform our neighbors of professional healthcare treatments that solve knee pain problems. Our experts on this topic are Stephanie Stinson, RN & Catherine Sickorez, PT, DPT.

Join Our Back and Neck Pain Experts

Stephanie and Catherine will dive further into back and neck pain conditions and your treatment options at HPH. This community talk will take place at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 18220 Upper Bay Rd., Room 221, Houston, TX 77058.

To RSVP for our knee pain community talk, call (281) 557-4614 or email aspeaks@hphtx.org

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Refuse To Surrender To Parkinson’s

[vc_row][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_custom_heading text=”Event Details” font_container=”tag:h1|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_separator color=”mulled_wine” style=”shadow”][vc_column_text]Houston Physicians’ Hospital is hosting our second Free Community Seminar of 2018. Join our experts Tuesday, July 24, at 5:30 p.m. for our community talk about Parkinson’s Disease and Tremors. If you are suffering from Parkinson’s Disease symptoms, you have options for treatment through our hospital. Everyone in the Webster, Clear Lake, Friendswood, League City and surrounding areas are welcomed to this free event at HPH. We hope to educate and inform our neighbors of professional healthcare treatments that solve knee pain problems. Our expert on this topic is Dr. Greg Bonnen, M.D..

Join Our Experts

Dr. Bonnen specializes in spine surgery and movement disorders. He is the only physician in the Clear Lake Area to perform deep brain stimulation stage 1 to treat patients with Parkinson’s Disease and other motion-related disorders. Dr. Bonnen will dive further into Parkinson’s and tremor conditions and your treatment options at HPH. This community talk will take place at Houston Physicians’ Hospital 333 North Texas Avenue, Suite 2500 Webster, Texas.

To RSVP for our knee pain community talk, call (281) 557-4614 or email aspeaks@hphtx.org

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Move Freely Without Joint Pain

[vc_row][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_custom_heading text=”Event Details” font_container=”tag:h1|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_separator color=”mulled_wine” style=”shadow”][vc_column_text]Houston Physicians’ Hospital is hosting our first Free Community Seminar of 2018. Join our experts Monday, July 9, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. for our community Seminar about joint pain. If you are suffering from joint pain symptoms, you have options for treatment through our Joint Solutions Center. Everyone in the Webster, Clear Lake, Friendswood, League City and surrounding areas are welcomed to this free event at HPH. We hope to educate and inform our neighbors of professional healthcare treatments that solve knee pain problems. Our expert on this topic is Dr. Anthony Melillo, M.D..

Join Our Joint Pain Experts

Dr. Melillo is one of two surgeons in the Clear Lake Area performing MAKO robotic arm surgery for partial knee resurfacing and total hip replacement. He offers expertise in total joint replacement of the hip, knee and shoulder, sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery, trauma and fracture care, shoulder care and industrial injuries. Dr. Melillo will dive further into joint pain conditions and your treatment options at HPH. This community talk will take place at Houston Physicians’ Hospital 333 North Texas Avenue, Suite 2500 Webster, Texas.

To RSVP for our knee pain community talk, call (281) 557-4614 or email aspeaks@hphtx.ord

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The Top 5 Tips to Increase Your Bone Health This Summer

Most people don’t think of “bone health” when they think of summer. Instead, many people think of sunny days, beach vacations, and splashing around in the pool. However, summer is actually the perfect time to focus on the health of your bones. At Houston Physicians’ Hospital, we know the importance of taking care of your bones, so we’ve listed some ways to increase bone health this summer:

 

  1. Snack on Seasonal, Polyphenol-Rich Foods

Thanks to ample sunshine and warm weather, produce is abundant in the summer. Much of this produce is rich in polyphenols, a group of plant-based chemicals. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, polyphenols also play a role in bone health, with an association between increased polyphenol intake and decreased risk of bone fractures (1). This season try increasing your intake of blackberries, raspberries, beets, or cherries to give your bones a boost of polyphenols.

 

 

  1. Spend Time in the Sun

Spending time in the sun is an easy way to help your bones this summer. Sunlight helps our body produce vitamin D, which allows our body to produce calcium. The National Osteoporosis Foundation states that those who do not get enough vitamin D are at a greater risk for broken bones and bones loss (2). For your daily dose of vitamin D, try spending at least 20-30 minutes a day in direct sunlight. Just remember to use sunscreen.

 

 

  1. Take Some Time to Relax

Believe it or not, your mental health can impact the physical health of your bones. When you don’t take time to relax, stress can easily build up. This stress produces a hormone called cortisol, which the National Center for Biotechnology Information cites as a factor for bone loss (3). To keep your bones at their best, be sure to take some time to relax this summer. Spend some time in the pool, take your dog to the park, or enjoy another fun summer activity to help reduce stress levels and bone-damaging cortisol production.

 

 

  1. Go for a Walk

While you may want to avoid going for a walk when the sun is at its brightest, it’s still important to get some movement into your day. The National Institutes of Health state that bones, like muscle, respond to exercise by becoming stronger (4). This means that daily exercise can help reverse the effects of bone loss as we age, as it makes them more resilient against breakdown. A walk is the perfect option this summer to get up and get some exercise. Aim for 30 minutes of movement a day, preferably indoors or when the sunlight is not at its brightest.

 

 

  1. Stay Away from the Cola

Many people enjoy a daily cola during the summer, but it’s best to avoid this sugary drink for the sake of your bones. The National Center for Biotechnology Information shows an association between cola consumption and lower bone mineral density (5). To keep hydrated and support your bone health, milk or water are better options. You can even add some fresh, seasonal fruit to your water for a flavor boost.

 

These tips will help keep your bones at their best all year long. Houston Physicians’ Hospital is the leading orthopedic hospital for Clear Lake, Texas, and the surrounding areas. Give us a call at (281) 557-5620.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4665444/
  2. https://www.nof.org/healthy-bones-guide-vitamin-d/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10487665
  4. https://www.bones.nih.gov/health-info/bone/bone-health/exercise/exercise-your-bone-health
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17023723