Medically referred to as “acute otitis media”, ear infections typically imply a bacterial or viral infection that affects the middle ear. The latter constitutes the space behind the ear drum which is filled with air and vibrating bones that facilitate hearing. When an infection develops in this part of the ear, depending upon its severity and the general health of the patient, it may or may not require medical treatment; some infections clear up on their own. It is noteworthy however that ear infections that last long and/or affection children should not be taken likely – prolonged non-treatment may cause serious complications. Following is a list of symptoms associated with ear infections.
1. Ear Ache
The most distinctive and telling symptom of ear infection is pain in the ear. It manifests as a mild to moderate ache in the inside of the ear. It may be continual or sporadic, with a dull throbbing intensity or a sharp, shooting severity. The discomfort may get exacerbated when one is lying down, especially on the affected side such that the ear is under pressure. Often, people realize they have an ear ache due to pain which prevents sleep/rest.