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What is Otitis Media?

Description of the disease

Otitis media is an inflammation of the middle ear, which is most often caused by an infection. This condition is common in children, but can also occur in adults.


  • Acute otitis media
  • Chronic otitis media


Symptoms of otitis media may include ear pain, discharge of fluid from the ear, hearing loss, irritability.


The main cause of otitis media is a bacterial or viral infection that penetrates the ear through the respiratory tract.


Diagnosis of otitis media is carried out by examining the ear, as well as audiometry to assess hearing.


Treatment of otitis media may include taking antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, as well as procedures to remove purulent fluid from the ear.


Prevention of otitis media includes proper ear care, vaccination against infections that can lead to otitis, avoiding passive smoking.


Otolaryngologist treats otitis media.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.