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My ears are itchy. I've had a cold for a couple of days. Do I have an ear infection?

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Dr. Sheree Cloer
Family Medicine

In brief: Depends

If you also have fever and pain in our both ears, the likelihood of infection would be higher. Itching alone does not indicate infection at this time.

In brief: Depends

If you also have fever and pain in our both ears, the likelihood of infection would be higher. Itching alone does not indicate infection at this time.
Dr. Sheree Cloer
Dr. Sheree Cloer
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In brief: Not likely

May have irritation of ear canals, ear infection that requires treatment usually has pain and possible fever, not itching

In brief: Not likely

May have irritation of ear canals, ear infection that requires treatment usually has pain and possible fever, not itching
Dr. Philip Gasseling
Dr. Philip Gasseling
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Dr. Peter Acker
Pediatrics

In brief: Itchy ears

Most likel not - ear infections are usually painful.
You can get some fluid in the middle ear with a cold which could cause a senation such as itchiness

In brief: Itchy ears

Most likel not - ear infections are usually painful.
You can get some fluid in the middle ear with a cold which could cause a senation such as itchiness
Dr. Peter Acker
Dr. Peter Acker
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