If you are experiencing a medical emergency please dial 911 immediately
A middle ear infection is a problem that happens when germs grow in the space behind your eardrum. This often happens after a cold or a throat infection. It can cause ear pain, fever, and trouble hearing.
Nonprescription pain medicine may be all you need. Some children may need to take antibiotics.
Last Revised: October 9, 2012
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics & Charles M. Myer, III, MD - Otolaryngology
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