Symptoms

A middle ear infection can be extremely painful as the ear drum distends and sometimes ruptures with subsequent discharge. Once the ear discharges the pain is usually much improved Some children may become unsettled, especially during the night and often wake pulling and banging at their ears. Often the infection occurs in association with a cold and fever.

Acute otitis media with a middle ear full of pus distending the ear drum

Acute otitis media with a middle ear full of pus distending the ear drum