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An external ear infection (swimmer’s ear) is usually preceded by an upper respiratory infection, which results in inflammation and swelling of the ear canal. Middle ear infections (otitis media) result when the auditory tube which runs from the inner ear to the back of the nasal cavity is inflamed and fluid builds up and exerts pressure on the eardrum. Middle ear infections are common in children because their auditory tubes are shorter and more horizontal, which predisposes them to getting blocked. If a middle ear infection is severe it can cause perforation of the eardrum. Recurrent infections, if untreated can lead to hearing loss.
Symptoms of external ear infection: fever, discharge from the ear and severe pain.
Symptoms of a middle ear infection: earache, severe pain, high fever and feeling full in the ear. Symptoms are worsened at high altitudes and cold temperatures. Symptoms of a perforated eardrum: hearing loss, discharge of bloody fluid.
Who to consult: Allergist, GP, herbalist, homoeopath, naturopath, otologist, pharmacist, speech pathologist.