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Ear infection - Questions to ask your doctor

BMJ Group Medical Reference

If your child has been diagnosed with an ear infection, you may want to talk to your doctor to find out more.

Here are some questions that you might want to ask.

  • How do you know that my child has an ear infection?

  • Why does my child have an ear infection?

  • What tests has my child had, and what do the results mean? Does my child need any other tests?

  • What are the best treatments for my child?

  • Are antibiotics necessary? Will my child get better without them?

  • What can I do if my child's ear hurts or if my child has a high temperature?

  • Can I do anything to stop my child getting more ear infections? What if my child gets ear infections all the time?



These medicines are used to help your immune system fight infection. There are a number of different types of antibiotics that work in different ways to get rid of bacteria, parasites, and other infectious agents. Antibiotics do not work against viruses.

high temperature

A high temperature is a general sign that there is an infection or inflammation in your body. Temperatures vary, but anything over about 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit) is considered high.


You get an infection when bacteria, a fungus, or a virus get into a part of your body where it shouldn't be. For example, an infection in your nose and airways causes the common cold. An infection in your skin can cause rashes such as athlete's foot. The organisms that cause infections are so tiny that you can't see them without a microscope.

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Last Updated: January 07, 2011
This information does not replace medical advice.  If you are concerned you might have a medical problem please ask your Boots pharmacy team in your local Boots store, or see your doctor.
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