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  1. Influenza (Seasonal Flu) - Home Treatment

    If you have influenza, you can expect the illness to go away on its own in about 7 to 10 days. In the meantime, you can take steps to feel better.

  2. Swine Flu and Chronic Conditions

    If you have a chronic health condition like asthma or diabetes, you need to take extra care to protect yourself from swine flu. Here's how.

  3. Ear Infections - Exams and Tests

    Middle ear infections are usually diagnosed using a health history, a physical exam, and an ear exam. With a middle ear infection, the eardrum, when seen through a pneumatic otoscope, is red or yellow and bulging. In the case of fluid buildup without infe

  4. Ear Infections - Prevention

    You may be able to prevent your child from getting middle ear infections by:Not smoking. Ear infections are more common in children who are around cigarette smoke in the home. Even fumes from tobacco smoke on your hair and clothes can affect the child.Bre

  5. Ear Infections - Surgery

    Surgery for middle ear infections (otitis media) often means placing a drainage tube into the eardrum of one or both ears. It's one of the most common childhood operations.

  6. Ear Infections - Other Treatment

    If a child with an ear infection has a bad earache, a doctor may perform tympanocentesis. A needle goes through the eardrum to remove fluid from behind the eardrum. It helps ease pain. The fluid is sometimes sent to a lab for testing.

  7. Ear Infections - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Ear infection: Should I give my child antibiotics? Ear problems: Should my child be treated for fluid buildup in the middle ear? ...

  8. Ear Infections - Symptoms

    Symptoms of a middle ear infection (otitis media) often start 2 to 7 days after a cold or other upper respiratory infection.

  9. Ear Infections - Cause

    Learn about middle ear infections, which are caused by bacteria and viruses.

  10. Ear Infections - Medications

    Antibiotics can treat ear infections. However, most children with ear infections get better without them. Get the facts.

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