Most ear infections form in the middle ear. The eustachian tube carries fluid from the middle ear to the throat. Sometimes during a cold, the eustachian tube becomes swollen and fluid is trapped in the middle ear. Bacteria or viruses can grow in this fluid and form an ear infection.
Current as of: July 28, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Medical Review:Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine