MIDDLE EAR INFECTION
A common cold, runny nose or cough can cause the inside of the middle ear, known as the Eustachian tube, to swell and become blocked. This tube normally lets air circulate within the middle ear. If it’s blocked, fluid can collect and bacteria can grow.
Acute ear infections are an unfortunate but common occurrence in the childhood. About 30 million office visits a year are made due to middle ear infections (Acute Otitis Media). Middle ear infection affects the part of the ear behind the eardrum.1