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Is a red ear a sign of an ear infection in an infant?

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Dr. Boyce Hornberger
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 39 years experience
No: An infant typically will be irritable with possibly a preceding or current upper respiratory infection. there may it may not be fever. The inflammation is in the middle ear and tympanic membrane and this should not cause a red ear.
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Signs of an ear infection ?

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Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Ear pain, redness: While ear infections can have many signs and symptoms, a few suggest the need to be examined by a health professional. Ear infections can be on the outside including the ear and canal, and some in the middle ear. Drainage of pus or blood is a clear sign of a problem. Pain, swelling and redness are also concerning. If you feel sick, or have a fever it suggests a possible systemic infection.
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Last updated Sep 24, 2017
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