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Signs and Symptoms of an Ear Infection

Elderly Care in Tempe AZ

The colder weather of the fall and winter can be a delightful change from the blazing heat of the summer, and it brings to mind all of the treasured memories that you can make with your senior Elderly-Care-in-Tempe-AZduring this season and the coming holidays. It can also bring with it increased vulnerability to infection and illness, making it possible that your senior will get sick and suffer uncomfortable symptoms, as well as increased vulnerability to more serious complications and infections. Understanding these risks and being able to recognize when they might have arisen is essential to keeping your parent healthy throughout their later years.

One of the more common issues of this time of year is ear infection. While some people associate ear infections only with childhood, they can and do occur in adults as well. Keeping this in mind will help you to recognize when your senior may be suffering from such an ailment so that you can help them to overcome it.


Some of the signs and symptoms of an ear infection include:

  • Ear pain that might increase with changes in position, particularly lying down due to the pressure that can build within the ear during a time of infection
  • Drainage of fluid from within the ear
  • Feeling of fullness or swelling inside the ear
  • Warmth around the ear
  • Reduced ability to hear properly
  • Bad smell coming from inside the ear
  • Itchiness inside the ear


If your parent experiences any of the following symptoms it is important that they get to the doctor as soon as possible:

  • Severe pain that does not get better with normal interventions
  • High fever
  • Discharge from the ear


Keep in mind that your parent should never insert anything into their ear canal. While it might seem like it would help to relieve pain and pressure, inserting anything, including a cotton swab, into the ear can introduce bacteria and potentially cause serious damage to the structure of the ear that can worsen an infection. If your parent needs to clean their ears, only clean the outer portion. If they feel that there is an obstruction inside their ear, it itches excessively, or they have excessive earwax, bring them to the doctor for safe intervention.


If your aging loved one has been suffering from seasonal illnesses or you simply want to help them live a healthier quality of life as they age in place, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting elderly care for them. Having an elderly home care services provider in the home with your senior is a way for them to maintain greater germ fighting practices while also encouraging them to make healthier lifestyle choices that support a stronger, more resilient body. If they are suffering from a particular illness, the care provider can take steps to help them through their recovery. This includes managing tasks around the home so that they are able to get the rest that they need to boost their body’s health, as well as offering reminders for them to stay compliant with any recommendations that their doctor made for medications or other treatments.


If you or an aging loved one are interested in hiring elderly care in Tempe, AZ or the surrounding areas, please contact the professional team at Devoted Guardians Home Care.  Call today at (800) 699-4781 or (480) 999-3012.


Aaron Sinykin, MBA, CEO

Born and raised in Madison Wisconsin. Graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in Finance in 1999, and Graduated from Arizona State University WP Carey School of Business with an MBA in 2005.

Aaron spent 5 years working for Intel Corporation in Chandler, Arizona right out of college until he ventured off on his own. Aaron has owned and operated successful small businesses for the past 10 years.

Aaron is currently the CEO and owner of Devoted Guardians a Non-Medical In Homecare Agency covering the entire Phoenix valley. Aaron has been CEO since 2012 and running businesses since 2005.