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Should a child with an ear infection see a doctor immediately?

Typically, yes. An ear infection tends to be painful and produce fever. Small children who do not have the ability to communicate verbally will probably cry a lot. Also, otitis externa is visible. It’s more visible than otitis media, which is much more common, or a more traditional ear infection. Otitis externa can be seen. The ear can become swollen and red; there will be fever, discomfort and sometimes fluid emerging from the ear. It's quite common.

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