Chronic ear infection is fluid, swelling, or an infection behind the eardrum that does not go away or keeps coming back. It causes long-term or permanent damage to the ear. It most often involves a hole in the eardrum that does not heal. The eustachian tube runs from the middle of each ear to the back of the throat. This tube drains fluid made in the middle ear.
Sometimes, an ear infection can come back again and again. These are called chronic or recurring ear infections. In this article, we look at the different types of ear infections and what makes them chronic. We also discuss the ways to treat and prevent a chronic ear infection.
An ear infection sometimes called acute otitis media is an infection of the middle ear, the air-filled space behind the eardrum that contains the tiny vibrating bones of the ear. Children are more likely than adults to get ear infections. Because ear infections often clear up on their own, treatment may begin with managing pain and monitoring the problem. Sometimes, antibiotics are used to clear the infection.
A healthy ear and an infected ear, including outer, middle, and inner ear, showing inflammation and fluid in the ear. It could be an ear infection. Children are more likely than adults to get ear infections.