Learn what you need to know about treating these common infections.
  • Vaginal infection
  • Bacterial infections
  • Fungal infection
  • Viral infections
  • Staph infections
 

 
 

 

Ear Infection Diagnosis

Contact your health care provider if you or your child has symptoms of an ear infection such as pain, fever, or irritability that do not improve within 24-48 hours. For a child younger than 6 months, let your health care provider know right away if the child has a fever, even if no other symptoms are present.

Also seek medical advice if your child develops any of the following:

  • Seems sicker than just an ear infection
  • Has a high fever or severe pain
  • Severe pain suddenly stops hurting -- this may indicate a ruptured eardrum
If your child s symptoms worsen or your child has been diagnosed with an ear infection and new symptoms such as severe headache, dizziness, swelling around the ear, or twitching of the face muscles appear, contact your health care provider as soon as possible.

All acute ear infections include fluid behind the eardrum. You can use an electronic ear monitor, such as EarCheck, to detect this fluid at home. The device is available at pharmacies.