Ear Infections

By AM Northwest Staff

We talked with pediatrician Dr. George Bengtson about the in's and out's of ear infections.

The proper way to tell the differences with ear infections is as follows:

AOM/True ear infection:

  • Bulging eardrum
  • Inflammation of eardrum
  • Puss behind the eardrum

OME/Otitis media with effusion:

  • Fluid (sometimes bubbly) behind the ear
  • Fluid is clear or nearly clear

Eustachian tube dysfunction ("pressure on the ear"):

  • Retracted eardrum

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