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My mother has developed otitis media. What is it exactly?

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Dr. Gregory Mosolf
Pediatrics
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In brief: Middle ear infection

The middle ear is the (normally) air filled space behind the ear drum. A middle ear infection (otitis media) usually starts with a cold or allergies.
Fluid builds up in the middle ear space then becomes infected. Depending on the severity of infection and the patient's age antibiotics may be needed.

In brief: Middle ear infection

The middle ear is the (normally) air filled space behind the ear drum. A middle ear infection (otitis media) usually starts with a cold or allergies.
Fluid builds up in the middle ear space then becomes infected. Depending on the severity of infection and the patient's age antibiotics may be needed.
Dr. Gregory Mosolf
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Dr. Thomas Riney
this can be triggered by allergies or serial viral infections aquired in daycare, or from eustacian tube problems ( a small connection between your inner ear and the back of your nose)
Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: What is Otitis Media

Otitis media describes inflammation of the middle ear. If she presented to her doctor with any of ear pain, ear pressure, fever, muffled or decreased hearing, drainage from the ear, her doctor may have diagnosed her with acute otitis media (aom).
Fluid in the middle ear can occur with ear pressure or clogged sensation as well as muffled or decreased hearing, or no symptoms. (see comment).

In brief: What is Otitis Media

Otitis media describes inflammation of the middle ear. If she presented to her doctor with any of ear pain, ear pressure, fever, muffled or decreased hearing, drainage from the ear, her doctor may have diagnosed her with acute otitis media (aom).
Fluid in the middle ear can occur with ear pressure or clogged sensation as well as muffled or decreased hearing, or no symptoms. (see comment).
Dr. Anifat Balogun
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Dr. Anifat Balogun
Strictly speaking, fluid in the ear without infection is called serous otitis media (SOM) or otitis media with effusion (OME). AOM is typically treated with an oral antibiotic unless you have drainage of infected fluid from the ear. SOM or OME may not be treated at first, as it may resolve by itself. Check with your mother's doctor or ENT for a check-up.
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