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Why do ear infections often accompany a cold or the flu?

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Ear infections often come along with a cold or the flu because the middle ear is connected to the upper respiratory tract by a tiny channel known as the Eustachian tube. Germs growing in the nose or sinus cavities can climb up the Eustachian tube and enter the middle ear.

SOURCES: American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 

Academy of American Family Physicians. 

Merck. 

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 23, 2019

SOURCES: American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 

Academy of American Family Physicians. 

Merck. 

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 23, 2019

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