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I was wondering what are the causes of otitis media?

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Dr. Keith Ramsey
Adolescent Medicine 36 years experience
Viruses and bacteria: Most ear infections are caused by viruses. Most bacterial infections are caused by pneumococcus and haemophilus strains. Many bacterial ear infections will follow a cold or other respiratory infection. Often there is a lack of proper drainage from the middle ear into the throat. This drainage problem contributes to children having more ear infections than teens and adults.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

I was wondering what are the causes of otitis media?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Keith Ramsey
Adolescent Medicine 36 years experience
Viruses and bacteria: Most ear infections are caused by viruses. Most bacterial infections are caused by pneumococcus and haemophilus strains. Many bacterial ear infections will follow a cold or other respiratory infection. Often there is a lack of proper drainage from the middle ear into the throat. This drainage problem contributes to children having more ear infections than teens and adults.
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What causes otitis media?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Some possibilities: An ear infection on the inner side if an eardrum is a middle ear infection (otitis media) and can start when a person gets congestion from allergies, colds, or sinusitis. Natural moisture in the middle ear then has trouble leaving the middle ear, and becomes visible liquid (can often be seen as bubbles on the inside of the eardrum). Bacteria growing in that liquid turns it cloudy with infection.

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