Ear infections are caused by bacteria or viruses in the middle ear. Ear infections occur more often in children than adults.
Some causes and contributing factors that lead to ear infections are wax buildup, upper respiratory infections, food allergies, environmental allergies, genetics, nutritional deficiencies and internal injuries.
Some common signs that someone is suffering from an ear infection are pain in the ear, tugging at the ear, difficulty sleeping, headache, poor response to sounds, high fever and fluid draining from the ear.
The ear is made up of three parts: outer, middle and inner. An ear infection can occur in any of the three parts. Inner ear infections are the most serious.
It is important to treat an ear infection to prevent complications, including damaging or rupturing the ear drum.
There are many time-honored, simple and easy home remedies that can help to get rid of the pain and other symptoms of an ear infection.