What increases my risk for bacterial ear infections?

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Children have a heightened risk of getting bacterial ear infections. This is because they have less developed immune systems, and also because the passageways in their ears and nasal regions are smaller and more flexible, making it easy for secretions to build up and bacteria to grow. Anyone with a weakened immune system has an increased risk for bacterial infections. Since bacterial ear infections are often caused by an infection in your throat or nose that spreads to the ear, having an infection in one of these regions increases your risk. Your ethnicity may also be a factor. American Indians and North American Inuit people are more likely to get ear infections.

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