What are the symptoms of an ear infection?

Symptoms of an ear infection often start within a week after the start of a cold or other upper respiratory infection. It may include:

  • Mild pain or discomfort inside the ear, dizziness, vertigo or impaired balance

  • A feeling of pressure inside the ear persists, especially when person is lying down

  • Drainage from the ear that is thick and yellow or bloody. This means the eardrum has probably burst. The whole in the eardrum often heals by itself in a few weeks.

  • Redness in the outer ear accompanied by warmth and pain.
 

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