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What's the difference between a middle and outer ear infection in my child?

A middle ear infection (otitis media) occurs when fluid becomes infected behind the eardrum. This type of infection is more likely when your child has a cold.

An outer ear infection (otitis media, swimmer's ear) occurs when the skin lining the ear canal becomes infected. It is usually caused by water getting trapped or trauma (such as from a cotton swab); bacteria then grows. Outer ear infections are very painful, especially when you touch or tug on the ear. Treatment is with antibiotic eardrops.

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