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otitis media
 
Otitis media is inflammation located in the middle ear. Otitis media can occur as a result of a cold, sore throat, or other respiratory infection.

Middle ear infections are usually a result of a malfunction of the eustachian tube, a canal that links the middle ear with the throat area. This tube helps to equalize the pressure between the outer ear and the middle ear. When the tube is not working properly, it prevents normal drainage of fluid from the middle ear, resulting in a build up of fluid behind the eardrum. When this fluid cannot drain, bacteria and viruses may develop, leading to otitis media.
 
Symptoms
Symptoms may include:
 
Treatments
Treatment may include:

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