Moderate Otitis media


What is Moderate Otitis Media?

Moderate otitis media is an infection of the middle ear, usually caused by bacteria or viruses, that causes fluid to build up in the air-filled space of the middle ear. This fluid buildup can cause symptoms such as pain, fever, decreased hearing, ear drainage, and a feeling of fullness in the ear.

Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of moderate otitis media may include:

  • Pain or a feeling of fullness or pressure in the ear
  • Fever
  • Decreased hearing in the affected ear
  • Ear drainage or discharge
  • Uncontrolled crying in infants and toddlers


Your healthcare provider will diagnose your condition based on your symptoms as well as a physical exam of your ear, throat and nose. He or she may also need to order additional tests, such as an imaging scan or a hearing test.


Treatment for moderate otitis media usually includes prescription antibiotics and is often effective in resolving the infection within three days. Your healthcare provider may also suggest certain lifestyle modifications such as avoiding smoking, avoiding polluted areas, and decreasing loud noise exposure.


The best way to prevent moderate otitis media is through good hygiene and personal hygiene habits such as washing your hands often and avoiding contact with people who are sick. Additionally, children should receive their vaccines on time, as this can help prevent infections.