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Ear Infections

Ear infections are caused by viruses and bacteria, and they can effect children or adults.

Symptoms of ear infections can include:

  • Ear pain
  • Possible fever
  • Loss of hearing 
  • Fluid leaking out of the ear

How are Ear Infections Diagnosed?

Ear infections can be diagnosed by a doctor who uses a special tool to look at the eardrum of the possibly infected ear.

How are Ear Infections Treated?

Ear infections are treated in different ways depending their cause. In some cases, antibiotics are used to treat ear infections.

Contact Us

If you or your child has ear pain symptoms, contact one of our family medicine locations to schedule an appointment.

Ear Infections: Additional Resources

Visit the Health Library for more information about ear infections:

Contact a Family Medicine Health Center

UPMC's Department of Family Medicine has several locations throughout the city of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.

Find a family medicine health center close to you and call us to make an appointment or find out how we can help you with your primary care needs.

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For help in finding a doctor or health service that suits your needs, call the UPMC Referral Service at 412-647-UPMC (8762) or 1-800-533-UPMC (8762). Select option 1.

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