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Acute Otitis Media

Alternate Names : Middle Ear Infection

Acute Otitis Media | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the condition?

The symptoms of otitis media vary depending upon the age of the child. An infant with an acute infection of the middle ear may show the following symptoms:

  • fever
  • inconsolable crying
  • loss of appetite
  • restlessness and interrupted sleep
  • tugging or batting at the ear
  • vomiting
  • In an older child, symptoms of an ear infection can include:

  • ataxia, or loss of balance
  • drainage from the ear
  • ear pain
  • fever
  • vomiting and diarrhea
  • If the infection is more severe, the eardrum may bulge. There may be pus behind the eardrum. If the drum has ruptured, there is often clear or pus-like material in the ear canal.

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    Acute Otitis Media: Diagnosis & Tests

    Author: Mark Loury, MD
    Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
    Date Reviewed: 07/12/01

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