It is not uncommon for a viral upper respiratory infection, such as a
cold, to be present with a fever that lasts for 24 to 48 hours. Fever that
occurs on day 3 or 4 of an upper respiratory infection may be caused by an ear
infection. This is especially true if your child has other symptoms, such as
fussiness, sleeplessness, or decreased appetite.
Swimmer's ear is usually not a dangerous condition and often clears up within a few days after starting treatment. However, if untreated, it can become extremely and surprisingly painful. In rare cases, especially in diabetes patients or anyone with problems with their immune system, the infection may be more difficult to treat and can spread and damage underlying bones and cartilage, requiring hospitalization.
Your doctor may gently clean your ear with a cotton-tipped probe or a suction device...