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Why Does my Ear Hurt?


Updated June 04, 2014

Why Does my Ear Hurt?

As flu season is (finally) winding down and allergy season is starting up, you may be experiencing some complications from your various wintertime illnesses.

While there are all sorts of things that can come after the flu or a cold, some of the most common are ear infections. This is especially true with children. Some kids are more prone to ear infections than others, but there are very few that seem to make it through childhood without at least one. If you or your child are having ear pain, there is a good chance you may have an ear infection.

But that doesn't necessarily mean antibiotics. While certain people may be good candidates for antibiotics when they have an ear infection, recent research has shown that ear infections in most adults and older kids will resolve on their own within a week or so.

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