What is it?

Otitis media is an infection of the air-filled space behind the eardrum (the middle ear). It is usually caused by bacteria or viruses.

What are the symptoms?

Symptom usually develop quickly and include:

  • Pain inside the ear.
  • A high temperature of 38°C or above.
  • Being sick.
  • A lack of energy.
  • Difficulty hearing.
  • Discharge running out of the ear.
  • Feeling of pressure or fullness inside the ear.
  • Itching and irritation in and around the ear.
  • Scaly skin in and around the earfits of fussiness and intense crying (in infants).
  • Clutching the ear while wincing in pain (in toddlers).
  • Complaining about a pain in the ear (in older children).

What to expect?

In addition to treatment by your doctor you can try the following things:

  • Painkillers such as acetaminophen may help in relieving pain and fever.

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