Otalgia: Prevention and Complications

Prevention Tips

  • Avoid smoking near children. Second-hand smoke is a major cause of ear infections in children.
  • Prevent outer ear infections by not putting objects in the ear.
  • Dry the ears well after bathing or swimming.
  • Try to avoid allergy triggers.

Watch Out

  • Pain, tenderness, or redness of the mastoid bone behind the ear on the skull is often a sign of a serious infection.
  • Hearing problems

When to See Doctor

Consult a doctor if you have
  • Dizziness
  • Severe headache
  • Swelling around the ear
  • Pain, fever, or irritability get worse or do not improve within 24 to 48 hours.

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