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Earaches can be extremely frustrating and annoying, and they are most commonly caused by ear infections. While it is true that children get the majority of ear infections, this is a condition that can affect adults as well. In many cases, an ear infection occurs during or just after the cold because the germs from the initial infection find their way to the middle ear and grow.

As an ear infection begins, you will start to feel a slight earache that will build in intensity over time. For adults, the pain tends to be more tolerable at first. But for children, the onset of an ear infection can be painful and even disorientating. As the infection gets worse, children will become more irritable.

A growing ear infection inevitably leads to a headache. As the headache gets worse, that is when nausea will start to occur. For more intense infections, nausea can be chronic and potentially dangerous. If a child reaches the point of nausea from an ear infection, that child should immediately be taken for emergency medical care.

Infections create fevers. The symptom that can confirm that you have an ear infection is when you get a fever. An earache paired up with a fever is a sure sign that an infection has settled into your inner ear area. The inner ear is extremely sensitive, and this is why ear infections are so painful.

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Another sure sign of an infection is the build-up of fluid in the infected area. As fluid builds in the inner ear, it will become very difficult to hear, and your hearing will get worse as the infection gets worse. As the fluid fills the inner ear, it will also start to drain.

Common Symptoms

  • Earache
  • Nausea
  • Difficulty hearing
  • Draining ear
  • Fever
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