What increases my risk for viral ear infections?

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The greatest risk factor for viral ear infections is age, as younger children are far more likely to develop them. This is because the structure of the middle ear of infants and young children is different than in older children and adults, and is far more prone to becoming infected and blocked. Poor air quality, including exposure to second hand smoke, also increases the risk of developing an infection, as does family history and race (American Indians are far more likely to develop ear infections than any other ethnicity).

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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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