This is an infection of the middle ear that is caused by germs (bacteria or virus) and results in ear pain.
Acute otitis media (middle ear infection) is caused by germs (bacterial or viral) that settle in the middle ear. It can cause ear pain, drainage, fever, irritability and hearing loss.
Often ear infections are caused by a virus. People who have a virus can spread it by coughing, sneezing or touching a surface or object. Others may “catch” the virus if they breathe in the droplets or touch the infected surface, and then touch their nose or mouth. This can result in a respiratory infection, which can lead to a middle ear infection. However, ear infections themselves are not contagious.
Contact your healthcare provider if you or your child have symptoms of an ear infection.
Make sure you understand the treatment plan, any possible alternatives and what medications are recommended (including possible side effects). If your doctor recommends the surgical placement of a tube in the eardrum, ask why this approach is necessary and what possible alternative treatments might be.
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