11 Signs You Have An Ear Infection

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Ear infections are a commonplace childhood affliction, but it can also occur in adults. It happens when a bacterial or viral infection affects the middle ear — which is the section of your ear just behind your eardrum. They can be painful due to inflammation as well as fluid buildup. Ear infections are classified into two types: acute and chronic. Acute ear infections are painful but go away quickly. Chronic ear infections either do not clear up or recur many times despite steps being taken to minimize infection. This type of ear infection can cause permanent damage to the middle and inner ear.
Read on for the common signs and symptoms of an ear infection:

1. Earache

Earaches can affect one or both ears, but usually only strike one at a time. Earaches are characterized by pain, which differs from person to person. It may be constant, or it may come and go. It may be dull, sharp, or burning. It may be slight or severe. But if you have pain in your ear, then you can confidently say you have an earache. Earaches develop from ear infections or injury. Symptoms include impaired hearing and fluid draining from the area.