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Pediatrics Common Questions, Quick Answers

Chronic Middle Ear Infection
(Chronic Otitis Media/Otitis Media with Effusion)

Donna D'Alessandro, M.D.
Lindsay Huth, B.A.
Peer Review Status: Internally Reviewed
Creation Date: October 2001
Last Revision Date: April 2002


Common Questions, Quick Answers

What is a chronic middle ear infection?

What causes a chronic middle ear infection?

Who can get chronic middle ear infections?

What are the symptoms of a chronic middle ear infection?
Symptoms are less severe than an acute ear infection. They may last a long time but be hard to notice. They can affect one or both ears.

Are chronic middle ear infections contagious?

How are chronic middle ear infections treated?
Fluid may drain without treatment in a few months. If not, your child needs to see a doctor. The following things usually take place:

How long does a chronic middle ear infection last?

Can chronic middle ear infections be prevented?

When should I call the doctor?

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