Infections

Expert reports about Infections


INFORMATION FOR WOMEN HAVE AN EAR INFECTION DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is an ear infection?

The term ear infection refers to an infection in any part of the ear by any type of disease-causing organism. Otitis externa is an infection of the outer ear, meaning any part of the ear outward from the tympanic membrane (ear drum). Otitis media is an infection of the middle ear, the part of the ear that contains three tiny bones that transmit vibration from the tympanic membrane to the inner ear and that contains the Eustachian tube, which connects the ear to the back of the mouth and throat. Otitis interna is an inner ear infection, more commonly called labyrinthitis. Usually, when you hear about an ear infection it refers to otitis media caused by a bacterial agent, and that is the focus of this report.


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