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When should I see a doctor if I have an ear infection?

With ear infections, you should see a healthcare provider if you have:

  • temperature higher than 100.4° F
  • discharge of blood or pus from the ears
  • been diagnosed with an ear infection and symptoms do not improve, or worsen

Your healthcare provider can determine what kind of ear infection is present and if treatment is needed.

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