11 doctors weighed in:
Can wind really cause or worsen an ear infection?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Wind & ear infection
Wind will not cause or worsen an ear infection.
But exposure to cold wind can make your ear pain worse when you have an ear infection.

In brief: Wind & ear infection
Wind will not cause or worsen an ear infection.
But exposure to cold wind can make your ear pain worse when you have an ear infection.
Dr. Michio Abe
Dr. Michio Abe
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Mostly a myth
While kids get more colds during the windy times of the year, and then get ear infections, the wind didn't cause them. Covering the head with a cap/scarf would not stop them. Germs cause ear infections & are more likely if a cold has triggered middle ear fluid.

In brief: Mostly a myth
While kids get more colds during the windy times of the year, and then get ear infections, the wind didn't cause them. Covering the head with a cap/scarf would not stop them. Germs cause ear infections & are more likely if a cold has triggered middle ear fluid.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Thomas Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Actually yes.
Wind, by virtue of bernoulli's law can exert pressure, both positive and negative on the tympanic membrane, exacerbating pain.
A child with an earache sitting next to an open car window will have more pain! mild wind outside will not hurt, but there degrees.

In brief: Actually yes.
Wind, by virtue of bernoulli's law can exert pressure, both positive and negative on the tympanic membrane, exacerbating pain.
A child with an earache sitting next to an open car window will have more pain! mild wind outside will not hurt, but there degrees.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Dr. Thomas Namey
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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
1 doctor agrees
In brief: New one
Have never heard this before.
Certainly a tornado might not be good, but cannot even imagine how normal winds might make an ear infection worse. Perhaps some of the other doctors on this panel will have a better response.

In brief: New one
Have never heard this before.
Certainly a tornado might not be good, but cannot even imagine how normal winds might make an ear infection worse. Perhaps some of the other doctors on this panel will have a better response.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff
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