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Ear Infections – A prevalent Disorder


Ear infections are one of the most prevalent ENT disorders. They occur when germs become trapped inside the inner ear. The Eustachian tube, a tiny tube that originates in the ear and drains in to the back of the throat, usually keeps unwanted germs out. If this tube is too small or becomes clogged by fluid and mucus, bacteria or other microbes may be able to enter the ear and cause an infection. Signs & symptoms of an ear infection include:

  • recent history of an upper respiratory infection
  • pain and pressure
  • fever
  • loss of balance
  • difficulty hearing
  • nausea and vomiting
  • fluid discharge from the ear (this indicates perforation of the tympanic membrane/ear drum)

Ear infections are more common in children. In fact, it is the most common infection in infants and toddlers. If your child has an ear infection, it may be difficult to detect. Here are some things you may notice about your child:

  • pulling or tugging on the ears
  • increased fussiness, especially at bedtime
  • fails to startle at loud noises or does not consistently respond to being called out.
  • eating or drinking abnormally

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