10 Common Symptoms and Signs of Ear Infections

Ear infections (acute otitis media) are a common illness that can be primary or secondary, meaning you can develop one on your own or get one from another medical condition such as a cold. Ear infections are common in babies and children, but adults can contract them as well. Knowing the signs and symptoms are easier to identify in adults, but children may express their own discomfort through crying and irritability.

Flu symptoms. The influenza virus is actually caused by thousands of different viral strains. Every year, the flu vaccine is improved to combat different pathogens and help the body fight off infection. A common ear infection can mimic certain symptoms of the flu or other viral infections such as a headache, muscle aches and pains, a fever and runny nose. The ears are connected to the sinuses and throat, so congestion and post-nasal drip aren’t uncommon in the event of an infection.