Ear Infection (Otitis Media) Center

Middle ear infection or inflammation (otitis media) is inflammation of the middle ear. There are two forms of this type of ear infection, acute and chronic. Acute otitis media is generally short in duration, and chronic otitis media generally lasts several weeks. Seventy-five percent of children in the U.S. suffer from otitis media at some point.

Signs and symptoms in babies, toddlers, and children may:

  • Be irritable and pull and tug at their ears
  • Be fussy
  • Have problems feeding or sleeping
  • Complain about pain and fullness in the ear
  • Have a fever
  • A buildup of pus in the ear
  • Have signs and symptoms of an upper respiratory infection

Treatment depends upon the type (chronic or acute).

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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/16/2017

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