What increases my risk for middle ear infections?

Having a cold increases your risk of getting a middle ear infection, since ear infections are often caused by conditions that occur during a cold, such as obstructed Eustachian tubes, increased mucus, and the presence of viruses and bacteria in the area.

Young children are also at increased risk of getting middle ear infections because they are more likely to get colds, and because of the size and angle of the Eustachian tubes. Pacifier use and cigarette smoke also may increase the risk of ear infections.

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