How do other illnesses affect viral ear infections?

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Viral ear infections are commonly linked to other viruses such as those that cause the cold. Most ear infections are the result of having the cold or another virus that spreads to the ear. Viral infections can also lead to bacterial infections of the ear, which can then spread to surrounding areas such as the inner ear (labyrinthitis), the bones around the ear (mastoiditis), and the brain (meningitis).

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Viral Infections

Viral Infections

Viral infections like herpes simplex, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), chicken pox and rotavirus are infections caused by a virus instead of a bacterium. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, but some specific viruses ...

like influenza A and B can be treated with certain antiviral medications. Most commonly, treatment for viral infections includes drinking lots of fluids, getting rest, eating well and letting the illness run its course.
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