Complications from ear infections are rare, but they can arise. Some problems that can occur include:
Another complication of acute ear infections is ongoing inflammation of the middle ear, a condition called chronic suppurative otitis media. The major symptom of this condition is repeat or ongoing drainage of pus from the ear through a small hole in the eardrum. Many children with chronic suppurative otitis media have some hearing loss. Experts don't know exactly why this condition develops, though poor hygiene and nutrition may contribute to it.2 Antibiotic therapy is the usual treatment for this condition.
The following complications may also develop if there are repeat ear infections:
Rare complications include infection in the:
While these problems are rare, they are becoming even more rare. This is due in part to vaccines that prevent some illnesses that can lead to ear infections.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Charles M. Myer, III, MD - Otolaryngology|
|Last Revised||January 13, 2011|
Last Revised: January 13, 2011
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