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How are bacterial ear infections diagnosed?

General ear infections can usually be diagnosed by your family doctor. By looking into the ear with a light, a doctor can tell if the ear is blocked by fluid or if the lining of the ear is inflamed. A doctor might also blow a little air into your ear to see if your ear drum is responding normally. If it is verified that you have some sort of ear infection, your doctor might take a sample of the fluid in your ear to test and verify that bacteria are the cause.

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