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  1. Ear Infections - What Increases Your Risk

    Some factors that increase the risk for middle ear infection (otitis media) are out of your control, such as your age.

  2. 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? ...

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  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 - When To Call a Doctor

    For ear infections, call your health professional immediately if your child has a severe injury to the ear, sudden hearing loss, severe pain, drainage from the ear, dizziness, or your child seems to be very sick with symptoms such as a high fever and stif

  7. Topic Overview

    What is bird flu?Bird flu is an infection caused by a type of avian influenza virus. This virus is common in wild birds. Most of the time, wild birds do not get sick from the virus. But wild birds can easily pass the virus to birds that are being raised for food-such as chickens, ducks, and turkeys-and cause them to get very sick.Usually, bird flu virus is not passed from birds to people. But ...

  8. Topic Overview

    What is bird flu?Bird flu is an infection caused by a type of avian influenza virus. This virus is common in wild birds. Most of the time, wild birds do not get sick from the virus. But wild birds can easily pass the virus to birds that are being raised for food-such as chickens, ducks, and turkeys-and cause them to get very sick.Usually, bird flu virus is not passed from birds to people. But ...

  9. Colds - Topic Overview

    What are colds? Everyone gets a cold from time to time. Children get more colds than adults. Colds usually last 1 to 2 weeks. You can catch a cold at any time of year,but they are more common in late winter and early spring. There is no cure for a cold. Antibiotics will not cure a cold. If you catch a cold,treat the symptoms. What are the symptoms? Lots of different viruses cause colds,...

  10. Sore Throat and Other Throat Problems - Topic Overview

    Sore throats can be painful and annoying. Fortunately, most sore throats are caused by a minor illness and go away without medical treatment. Several conditions can cause a sore throat.

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