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Ear infection, inner

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Introduction
Otitis media is an infection of the middle ear that is particularly common in young children.
Symptoms of middle ear infection
In most cases, the symptoms of a middle ear infection (otitis media) develop quickly and resolve in a few days. This is known as acute otitis media.
Causes of Middle ear infection
Most middle ear infections (otitis media) are caused by a viral or bacterial infection spreading into the middle ear.
Diagnosing middle ear infection
A middle ear infection (otitis media) can usually be diagnosed using an instrument called an otoscope.
Treating middle ear infection
Most middle ear infections (otitis media) will clear up within three days and don't need any specific treatment.
Complications of middle ear infection
Serious complications of middle ear infections (otitis media) are much rarer now than they were in the past.
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