Chronic ear disease can be not only frustrating, but also debilitating in some instances. In most cases, it is the result of some sort of damage to the ear caused by an infection. McKinney ENT Clinic offers treatment for this condition, helping patients find the relief they seek so they can get back to enjoying life.
Types of Chronic Ear Disease We Treat
Infections typically lead to two main forms of chronic ear disease; eardrum perforations and cholesteatoma. Here is some information on each.
Eardrum perforations – Infections and certain types of traumatic injuries can result in a hole developing in the eardrum. If an infection is the cause, then the eardrum will more than likely close on its own once the problem has subsided. However, there are some instances where a perforation will be too large to be able to close on its own. It will usually become infected and then cause drainage to occur. Your doctor will then need to perform a repair.
Cholesteatoma – If a perforation is present for an extended period of time (such as several months or even years), the skin inside the ear canal can grow into the middle ear, causing a condition known as cholesteatoma. This is basically a cyst that can lead to big problems, eroding the bones within the middle ear as well as the bones near the brain. This is one of the most serious complications associated with chronic ear disease and needs to be addressed immediately.
Contact Us About Chronic Ear Disease
The experts with McKinney ENT Clinic have a great deal of experience in dealing with chronic ear disease. If you have this issue, we will perform a thorough examination to determine the extent of the problem, and then discuss all of your treatment options. Call our Plano or Frisco clinic at (214) 383-5955 for an appointment.