What you need to know about
Bacterial or viral infections can cause ear infections. They can affect your middle ear, which is located directly behind your eardrum, as well as your outer and inner ears. They usually go away on their own, but inflammation or fluid buildup can make them unpleasant.
Chronic or acute ear infections are both possible. Acute ear infections are uncomfortable but only last a few days. Chronic ear infections do not go away or return frequently. They can harm the middle and inner ear, but the damage is rarely permanent.
Continue reading to find out more about ear infections, including their causes, symptoms, and treatments.