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Ear Infection

Ear Infection

Otitis is a general term for inflammation or infection of the ear, in both humans and other animals.

It is subdivided into the following:

  • Otitis externa or External Otitis - involves the outer ear and ear canal. In External Otitis, the ear hurts when touched or pulled. This condition is often called "swimmer's ear". For more information, See Otitis externa

  • Otitis media or Middle Ear Infection- involves the middle ear. In Otitis media, the ear is infected or clogged with fluid behind the ear drum, in the normally air-filled middle-ear space. This very common childhood infection sometimes requires a surgical procedure called "myringotomy and tube insertion". For more information, See Otitis media

  • Otitis interna or Labyrinthitis- involves the inner ear. The Inner Ear includes sense organs for balance and hearing. When the inner ear is inflamed, vertigo ("room spinning") is a major symptom. For more information, See Otitis interna

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