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3. Swelling

Another important symptom that is closely associated with an ear infection is swelling of the ear. Swelling is caused by high amounts of pressure in the ear, which causes a feeling of discomfort that is noticeable in and around the ear. As swelling increases, you may perceive a hot sensation around the ear; this may also indicate that you are suffering from an ear infection. Regarding this last point, heat can cause redness to appear due to irritation of the skin. Don't attempt to wash the inside of the ear, as this may further exacerbate symptoms.

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