Why We Get Ear Infections

Doctor examining an ear infection in a child's ear.
Two girls swimming together, possible cause of swimmer's ear.
Picture of a healthy eardrum.
Diagram of the inside of an ear (eardrum, Eustachian tube, and middle ear).
P middle ear infection with fluid buildup.
Picture of a ruptured eardrum.
Child holding ear in pain from an ear infection.
Baby in pain from an ear infection.
Girl getting ear drops to treat her ear infection.
Girl about to take antibiotics to treat her ear infection.
Child getting his hearing tested to check for scarring of eardrums.
Close-up of an ear tube otoscopy showing a transtympanic drain.
Doctor checks for swollen tonsils in child.
Mom and daughter washing their hands to prevent infections.
A boy has allergies and possibly an ear infection.

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Reviewed by William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR on Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Ear Infection Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

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