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A middle ear infection is also called otitis media, It occurs when a bacteria or virus causes the area behind the eardrum to become inflamed. This infection occurs during winter and early spring and most commonly seen in children that to by the time they reach age 3.

Often, middle ear infections go away without any medication. However, if you have a fever or if pain persists, you should seek to doctor for better medical treatment.

Symptoms:

Some of the most common symptoms for middle ear infections are:

  • Ear pain
  • Irritability
  • Fever
  • Loss of balance
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sleeping difficulty
  • Hearing problems
  • Diarrhea
  • Decreased appetite
  • Congestion

Causes:

There are many reasons, why children get middle ear infections.

  • When middle ear to pharynx (Eustachian tube) connected tube is blocked, fluid will collect behind the eardrum. That causes pain and infection, when bacteria grow in the fluid.
  • They often stem from a prior infection of the respiratory tract that spreads to the ears.

Diagnosis:

  • A doctor can usually diagnose a middle ear infection by assessing the patient’s symptoms and looking into the patient’s ear with an otoscope.

 

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