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How can ear infections happen?

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You get these infections in your middle ear. It’s an air-filled space behind your eardrum. It holds tiny, vibrating bones that pick up sound waves so you can hear. A cold, the flu, or even allergies can all bring one on, too. That’s because they tend to cause congestion and swelling in your nasal passages and throat. When fluid builds up, it can increase your chance of an ear infection.

From: Tips to Prevent Ear Infections WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: “Ear Infections in Children.”

Mayo Clinic: “Ear infection (middle ear).”

CDC: “Ear Infection.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Ear Infections.”

American Osteopathic Association: “Preventing and Treating Middle Ear Infections.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery: “Ear Infection and Hearing Loss.”

Healthy Children.org: “When to Call the Pediatrician: Fever.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on August 5, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: “Ear Infections in Children.”

Mayo Clinic: “Ear infection (middle ear).”

CDC: “Ear Infection.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Ear Infections.”

American Osteopathic Association: “Preventing and Treating Middle Ear Infections.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery: “Ear Infection and Hearing Loss.”

Healthy Children.org: “When to Call the Pediatrician: Fever.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on August 5, 2018

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