What are the causes of ear infections?
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Pediatrics 35 years experience
Ears are connected..: ...To the nose on the inside, with a tunnel called the eustacian tube. Anything that happens in the nose, can affect the ear.
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Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 51 years experience
Virus or bacteria: Since ear infections are "infections" there must be an infecting agent. Typically the child begins with a viral URI (cold) which may or may not involve the middle ear. After a few days, bacteria that normally inhabit the nose or throat may begin to multiply in the middle ear, causing the infection that is often treated with antibiotics.
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Pediatrics 13 years experience
Bacteria or viruses: Ear infections are like other illnesses we get; they are caused by bacteria or viruses that get into our system and cause use to get sick. If your doctor believes it is a bacteria causing the ear infection antibiotics may be prescribed to help, although if it is caused by a virus antibiotics will not help, only time.
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ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Ear infections: Most ear infections, or otitis media, occur in children. Their eustachian tubes have not fully matured yet, and as a result, they are predisposed to ear infections. They are also exposed to more infections than older individuals.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Do ear infections cause a smell in ears?
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Family Medicine 23 years experience
Yes, swimmer's ear: External ear infection, commonly called swimmer's ear, can produce an odor. Also, if the inner ear infection causes a rupture of the drum and drainage comes to the external canal etc...This can cause odor as well.
At times, foreign body such as qtip left in there for awhile can do that as well.
If you have concerns, please consult doc...
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A 43-year-old member asked:
What are the causes of an ear infection?
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Pediatrics 46 years experience
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Do colds cause ear infections?
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ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
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A 37-year-old member asked:
What germs cause ear infections?
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Pediatrics 25 years experience
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A 30-year-old member asked:
What could cause frequent ear infections?
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Pediatrics 24 years experience
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