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Do allergies cause middle ear infections?

Allergies can increase the risk of middle ear infections. This is because allergies can cause congestion and the production of mucus. When this mucus gets into the Eustachian tubes and does not drain easily, bacteria and viruses may begin to grow, just as is the case with ear infections caused by a cold. Because of this, medications that treat the allergy symptoms may help avoid ear infections, especially for adults.

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