Earaches and Ear Infections

Earaches and ear infections can have a variety of causes — viral, bacterial and fungal — and can affect different parts of the ear. Common infections include outer ear infections (or what is commonly known as “swimmer’s ear”), middle-ear infections and inner-ear infections.

Ear infections also can be caused by scratching the ear canal when cleaning their ear, especially if a cotton-tipped applicator or dangerously sharp small object, such as a hair clip, is used. In other cases, a middle ear infection can cause an external infection to develop through the draining of pus into the ear canal through a hole in the eardrum.

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