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    Understanding Ear Infection -- Symptoms

    What Are the Symptoms of an Ear Infection?

    The symptoms of an ear infection in adults are:

    • Earache (either a sharp, sudden pain or a dull, continuous pain)
    • A sharp stabbing pain with immediate warm drainage from the ear canal
    • A feeling of fullness in the ear
    • Nausea
    • Muffled hearing
    • Ear drainage

    In children, the symptoms are:

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    • Tugging at the ear
    • Poor sleep
    • Fever
    • Irritability, restlessness
    • Ear drainage
    • Diminished appetite
    • Crying at night when lying down

    Call Your Doctor About an Ear Infection If:

    • Body temperature rises above 100.4 degrees; a fever signals the possibility of a more serious infection (especially in infants and young children)
    • You or your child frequently develops ear infections; repeated bouts with the disorder can lead to hearing loss or more serious infections
    • You or your child has hearing problems; the infection may be the cause
    • You suspect that your young child has an ear infection

    Contact your doctor immediately if:

    • Your child develops a stiff neck
    • Your child is very lethargic, responds poorly, or is inconsolable

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Roy Benaroch, MD on March 01, 2015

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