Like we mentioned the ear infection symptoms of both an inner ear and outer ear canal infection are just slightly different. This means it can be quiet difficult to diagnose or make the distinction yourself
Add to this that a middle ear infection commonly affects young children who are unable to tell you about the symptoms they experience. Even slightly older children have difficulty describing what they feel
Ear pain is often caused by pressure on the eardrum; a burst eardrum often relieves the pain. This is nothing to really worry about and usually heals within a few weeks after the infection clears
In addition to the symptoms above, in case of very young children who can not tell you what's going on sometimes you can tell by their behavior, in this case ear infection symptoms may include:
At night the pain will be worse because you or your child are in a flat position and it is more difficult to drain the mucus
A small test...
A useful small test to try to find out which kind of infection you're dealing with: When you wiggle your ear without pain, you probably have an infection in the middle ear. When you do have pain, your Eustachian tubes may be infected
A Simple Earache caused by the first stages of infection or inflammation will generally go away within 24 hours. If it doesn't go away or even gets worse and you notice a High Fever, even after trying one of our suggested methods, it is better you call your doctor to seek treatment. Especially with children it is important you do not wait too long!
The viruses and bacteria that cause it are usually taken care of by the immune system. Sometimes after an infection, a child cannot hear well for a while. If this lasts for 3 to 4 months call your doctor. Children need to hear to learn how to talk
As you can see most of these are almost the same as middle ear infection symptoms. The difference is not so easy to tell. Their causes however are quiet different, as we will discuss on the Causes of Ear Infections page
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If you want more information about outer or inner ear infections, please visit the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services section about ear infections or try the Wikipedia ear infection page