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Otitis Media


An ear infection, also called acute otitis media, is a sudden infection in your middle ear.

Ear infections (from viruses and bacteria) also cause middle ear fluid. In this case, the middle ear fluid is infected and often causes discomfort in addition to muffled hearing

Middle ear infections are the most common childhood illness other than colds. Ear infections occur most often in children between 6 months and 2 years. They’re common until age 8.

 

SYMPTOMS AND CAUSES

  • Ear pain.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Trouble sleeping.
  • Trouble hearing in the ear that’s blocked.
  • A feeling of fullness or pressure in ear.
  • Yellow, brown or white drainage from ear.
  • Infants and children
  • Rub or tug on their ears.
  • Cry more than usual or act fussy.
  • Have a fever ranging from 100.5 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Start mouth breathing or have increased snoring.
  • Refuse to eat during feedings

 

CAUSES

Bacteria and viruses cause ear infections. Often, ear infections begin after a cold or another upper respiratory infection.

 

RISK FACTORS

  • Age: Infants and young children (between 6 months and 2 years) are at a greater risk for ear infections.
  • Family history
  • Colds: Having a cold increases your risk of developing an ear infection.
  • Chronic illnesses
  • Poor air quality and smoky environments

 

COMPLICATIONS

  • Hearing loss: Temporary hearing loss or changes in hearing are common during an ear infection
  • Delayed speech and language development
  • Torn eardrum
  • Spread of the infection

 

DIAGNOSIS