Ear infections: Know it's causes and symptoms!

An ear infection occurs when a bacterial or viral infection affects the middle ear, the sections of your ear just behind the eardrum.

Updated: Sep 28, 2016, 23:12 PM IST
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New Delhi: An ear is one of the most important part of our body as well as part of five sense organs. But when it gets infected, it may lead to hearing trouble/ loss if not treated on time.

An ear infection occurs when a bacterial or viral infection affects the middle ear, the sections of your ear just behind the eardrum. It can be painful because of inflammation and fluid build up in the middle ear. And it is occurs commonly in young children.

Below are some causes and symptoms of ear infections that you should be aware about.

Causes of ear infection:

  • allergies
  • colds
  • sinus infections
  • excess mucus
  • tobacco smoking
  • infected or swollen adenoids

Some common symptoms of ear infections include:

  • mild pain or discomfort inside the ear
  • a feeling of pressure inside the ear that persists
  • fussiness in young infants
  • pus-like ear drainage
  • hearing loss