Ear Infection [Otitis Media] An ear infection occurs when a bacterial or viral infection affects the middle ear the sections of your ear just behind the eardrum. Ear infections can be painful because of inflammation and fluid buildup in the middle ear.
Treatment: Most mild ear infections clear up without intervention. Some of the following methods are effective in relieving the symptoms of a mild ear infection: 1. applying a warm cloth to the affected ear 2. taking over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen ? using over-the-counter or prescription ear drops to relieve pain
Statistics: The most common specifically treated childhood disease, accounts for approximately 20 million annual physician visits. Various epidemiologic studies report the prevalence rate of AOM to be 17-20% within the first 2 years of life, and 90% to 95% of children have at least one documented MEE by age 2 years. OM is a recurrent disease. One third of children experience six or more episodes of AOM by age 7 years.