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How to Tell if You Have an Ear InfectionAny opinions expressed in this video are for educational use only.How to Tell if You Have an Ear Infection Ear infections are particularly common among infants and children but adults can get ear infections as well. The pain in your ear can be excruciating and may be accompanied by other symptoms such as a sore throat or a fever that make you feel miserable. If you believe you have an ear infection schedule an appointment with your doctor to get a diagnosis and discuss treatment options. The good news is that ear infections are relatively easy to treat and typically only last a few days. 1 X Trustworthy Source Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Main public health institute for the US run by the Dept. of Health and Human Services Go to source Determine if you have pain in your ear. Pain in your ear is one sign that you might have a middle ear infection. This pain is typically more severe when you are lying down especially if you are lying on the side of the infected ear.Check for drainage of fluid from your ear. The eustachian tubes drain normal secretions from your middle ear. If these tubes become swollen or inflamed they can not work properly. Fluid builds up in your middle ear leading to a middle ear infection. You may notice this accumulated fluid running out of your ear.Notice any redness or itching inside your ear. If your ear is itching this may be an early sign that you have an outer ear infection. Your ear canal may also appear redder than normal.Determine whether you have a loss of hearing. If your ear is clogged with fluid it may result in hearing difficulties. You will likely be better able to tell if you listen to something with the uninfected ear then plug that ear and listen with the ear you believe is infected.Evaluate if you have been feeling nauseous or eating less. Nausea or loss of appetite may be a sign of either an inner ear or middle ear infection. Nausea may also be caused by the dizziness that is common with an inner ear infection.Test your balance and vision. If you feel dizzy or have trouble maintaining your balance you might have an inner ear infection. The easiest way to check this is to sit or stand still and look around you. If the room appears to be moving or spinning around you thats a sign of vertigo. Vertigo is one of the main symptoms of an inner ear infection.Take your temperature to see if you are running a fever. Middle ear infections are frequently accompanied by a fever of 100 F 38 C or higher. However a fever may indicate numerous other viruses or infections. A fever by itself does not necessarily mean you have an ear infection unless it is accompanied by other symptoms.