Earaches and Ear Infections
Orange County, CA

Earaches are more common in children, especially those under the age of five. However, they can occur in adults too. At the Family Care Centers Medical Group, we offer quality care and treatment for earaches and infections, which is why a growing number of parents in Orange County, CA, trust our team of skilled medical providers to provide solutions for their family’s ear problems.

At Family Care Centers’ urgent care clinics in Irvine, Fountain Valley, and Costa Mesa, we offer:

Possible Reasons for Your Earache

An earache can be dull, acute, or burning. They can be intermittent or constant and can occur in one or both of your ears. Some of the common causes of an earache include:

How to Identify If Your Child Might Have an Ear Infection

Ear infections can be difficult to identify in children. If your child is suffering from an ear infection, they may not be able to really tell you what’s happening to them; however, there are a couple of symptoms you can watch out for in order to understand that your child may be suffering from an ear infection:

When Should You Seek Care for an Ear Infection?

You don’t always need medical attention if you or a loved one is experiencing an earache. Common causes of mild ear pain which may not be due to a medical problem include sleeping on a hard surface, tight headwear, ill-fitting headphones, ear piercings, or teeth grinding.

You must seek immediate care if you or a loved one experiences any of the following symptoms:

How We Diagnose and Treat Ear Pain and Infections


To diagnose an ear infection, a healthcare provider will require information about your symptoms and conduct a physical exam using an otoscope.


Once the cause of your ear pain is determined, you will be treated accordingly, depending on your age and the severity of the condition. Types of treatment include:

Risks of an Untreated Ear Infection

You do not always need to seek medical help for mild to moderate earache symptoms. However, we highly recommend getting professional medical care in cases where symptoms are serious or persist. That’s because there could be several underlying causes for your earache, and at times chronic ear infections could cause severe conditions and even hearing loss. If left untreated, ear infections can lead to serious complications such as:

If you are suffering from persistent ear pain along with other symptoms like fever, imbalance, headache or dizziness, and blood or pus discharge from your ear, you can visit our clinic to get diagnosed and treated. We cover a spectrum of treatments, including otitis externa treatment and middle ear infection treatment. Our urgent care clinics are located in Irvine, Fountain Valley, and Costa Mesa. Call us to book an appointment or reserve your spot online by clicking on the button in the location boxes below!

Reserve Your Spot at One of Our Urgent Care Locations


4950 Barranca Pkwy, Suite 104
Irvine, CA 92604

Monday - Friday : 8AM - 8PM
Saturday - Sunday : 8AM - 5PM

Fountain Valley

18785 Brookhurst Street, Suite 101
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Monday - Friday : 8AM - 8PM
Saturday - Sunday : 8AM - 5PM

Costa Mesa

1190 Baker Street, Suite 100
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Monday - Friday : 8AM - 5PM
Saturday - Sunday : Closed