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How do other illnesses affect ear infections?

Ear infections are often associated with fluid collection near the middle ear. The Eustachian tube communicates with the nasopharynx. The nasopharynx is the upper part of the throat. If you develop a sinus infection or upper respiratory infection, there is a possibility that fluid around the middle ear can become infected. In children, the Eustachian tube is developing. The Eustachian tube may not adequately allow fluid drainage around the middle ear. If there are chronic infections, a child may need to have an ear tube (myringotomy tube) placed surgically. A ear, nose and throat (Otolaryngologist) specialist may be consulted. In adults, sinus infections can contribute to ear infections. It is also important to follow up with an otolaryngologist. There may a structural sinus problem that is contributing to fluid collection around the middle ear. Both children and adults should consult their physician for chronic ear infection treatment to prevent hearing loss.

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