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Medically referred to as acute otitis media, an ear infection typically implies a bacterial or viral infection. The virus affects the middle ear, which is the air-filled space behind the eardrum. That is where vibrating bones facilitate hearing. When disease develops in this part of the ear, it may or may not require medical treatment. It depends on the severity and your general health. Some ear infections clear up on their own. However, infection for children should not be taken lightly. Prolonged non-treatment may cause serious complications. Keep reading to learn more about symptoms of ear infections.

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1. Earache

The most distinctive and telling symptom of ear infection is a pain in the ear. It manifests as a mild to moderate ache in the inside of the ear. It may be continuous or sporadic, with a dull throbbing intensity or a sharp, shooting severity. The discomfort may get exacerbated when you are lying down. The ache is especially telling when resting on the affected side that the ear is under pressure. Often, you realize you have an earache due to pain which prevents sleep.

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