Ear infections are very common in children but often occur in adults of any age. The main symptoms are earache and feeling unwell. Painkillers are the most common treatment as antibiotics are not usually helpful. For most people the infection normally clears within a few days.
Most ear infections are either Outer Ear Infections (Otitis Externa) or Inner Ear Infections (Otitis Media). The main differences between these two types of ear infections are as below: