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Wondering if it's normal for teenagers to get ear infections?

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Dr. Barry Bergman
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Teen ear infection: Ear infections can happen at any age although they are not as common in teens and adults as they are in infants.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

Wondering if it's normal for teens to get ear infections?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Some do some don't: I see more outer ear infections (swimming related) in teens than middle ear disease, but both do occur.Some are more susceptible than others.
A 35-year-old female asked:

Is it normal when you have an ear infection for is to drain?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Otitis media: Perforation of the tympanic membrane (eardrum) can occur with middle ear infection. This is not uncommon, and once the infection has been treated the perforation will usually heal over.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Why is it that i keep getting ear infections?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Neish
Pediatric Cardiology 38 years experience
External or middle?: It is unusual for a 46 year old to have repeated middle ear infections, which suggests that there may be a structural problem. If you are experiencing otitis media, it would be reasonable to see an ENT specialist. If your problem is repeated otitis externa (ear canal infection, also known as swimmer's ear) you may be able to prevent the infections with vinegar/alcohol drops to change the ph.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What to do if i keep getting ear infection constantly why do I get them?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bin Sung
Dr. Bin Sunganswered
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Anatomical?: I wonder if you are an adult or a child as different age groups have different reasons. However, if you have frequent and/ or recurrent ear infection, middle ear, then your friendly ENT will be your best help.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Does getting an ear infection makes you more prone to get more?

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Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Possibly: The causes of ear infections vary by the age of the person. Small children have tight anatomy and are much more prone to repeat infections, while adults without underlying pathology are less likely to worry about that. If an adult had ear problems all their lives, then yes.

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Last updated Feb 27, 2014

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