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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 - Home Treatment

    Rest and care at home is often all children with ear infections need. Up to 80% of ear infections get better without treatment. If your child is mildly ill and home treatment takes care of the earache, you may choose not to seek treatment for the ear infe

  3. Hand-Washing - Topic Overview

    Hand - washing is a simple and effective way to help prevent diseases, such as colds, flu, and food poisoning.When to wash your handsWashing hands:Often, especially during cold and flu (influenza) season, can reduce your risk of catching or spreading a cold or the flu.Before and after preparing or serving food reduces your risk of catching or spreading bacteria that cause food poisoning. Be ...

  4. Tubes for Ear Infections

    Ear tubes are plastic and shaped like a hollow spool. Doctors suggest tubes for children who have repeat ear infections.

  5. Ear Infections - Treatment Overview

    Treatment for middle ear infections (otitis media) involves home treatment for symptom relief and, in some cases, antibiotics.

  6. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - 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 ...

  7. Ear Infections - Medications

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

  8. Ear Infections - What Happens

    Middle ear infections (otitis media) usually occur along with an upper respiratory infection, such as a cold.

  9. Coughs, Age 12 and Older - Preparing For Your Appointment

    A list of questions that will help your health care professional diagnose and treat Coughs.

  10. Ear Infections - Topic Overview

    This topic covers infections of the middle ear (otitis media).

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