How do other illnesses affect bacterial ear infections?

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When bacterial ear infections strike, it is often because an infection in the nose or throat has spread to the ear. This is particularly the case in bacterial infections of the middle ear. Colds and respiratory infections, for example, can be the source of a bacterial ear infection. If your immune system is weakened from another illness or condition, it can also increase your risk of developing ear infections.

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