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How common are middle ear infections?

Ear infections, especially middle ear infections, are extremely common. Among three-year-old children, about 75 percent have had a previous ear infection. Middle ear infections are much less common among adults, but they can happen.

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Essential Facts About Ear Infections
Essential Facts About Ear Infections
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Should a child with an ear infection see a doctor immediately?
Manuel B. Torres Jr., MDManuel B. Torres Jr., MD
Typically, yes. An ear infection tends to be painful and produce fever. Small children who do not ha...
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What is vestibular neuritis (labyrinthitis)?
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All About Ear Infections
All About Ear Infections

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