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Ear disorders

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Ear conditions may be caused by problems in the ear, the neck, sinuses or head. Babies and children are more vulnerable to ear infection, especially middle ear infection.

Inflammation causing swelling and discharge in the ears can be a result of reactions to topical medicines, jewellery, cosmetics or ear plugs.

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Last reviewed: May 2019


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Middle ear infection and grommets - myDr.com.au

A grommet is a tiny tube inserted into the eardrum to allow air to enter the middle ear. Grommets can treat glue ear and recurrent middle ear infections.

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Swimmer's ear (otitis externa) - myDr.com.au

Swimmer's ear - an infection of the outer ear canal - occurs when the skin lining the ear canal is wet for long periods.

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Ear problems - myDr.com.au

Common ear problems include otitis media, glue ear, ear wax and swimmer's ear.

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Ear wax in children: what to do about it | Raising Children Network

Ear wax protects your child’s ear canal from water, infection and trauma. Ear wax build-up isn’t usually a problem, but see a GP if you’re concerned.

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Ear infections in babies and children

Middle and outer ear infections are common in babies and young children, but there are ways you can manage your child's discomfort and help prevent infections.

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Ear infections - Better Health Channel

It is estimated that around four out of five children will experience a middle ear infection at least once.

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Ear problems: self-care - myDr.com.au

Common ear problems include otitis media and glue ear (which mostly affect children), ear wax build-up and swimmer's ear (otitis externa). Find out what products are available for ear problems.

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Middle ear infections - Better Health Channel

Middle ear infections often happen during or after a child has a cold.

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Middle ear infection: babies, kids & teens | Raising Children Network

Children with middle ear infections usually have pain or discomfort in the ear. If you think your child has a middle ear infection, it’s best to see a GP.

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External ear infection or otitis externa | Raising Children Network

External ear infection symptoms include pain and itchiness. The ear usually feels blocked. See a GP if you think your child has an external ear infection.

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