Sometimes, it is possible for there to be fluid in the ear without an infection. However, if the fluid remains it is very likely to lead to infection. As discussed in our Wide Awake With An Earache? blog, fluid creates an ideal environment for the proliferation of microbes.
In our “Wide Awake With An Earache” blog, we share some tips and tricks for avoiding infection. For example, avoiding illnesses that can lead to an ear infection can help prevent an ear infection from occurring in the first place. In addition, breastfeeding can help protect your child from susceptibility to ear infections.
This is because adults have a eustachian tube that is fully developed and more vertical. Due to this, adults are less susceptible to fluid accumulation and are at a decreased risk of ear infection. In addition, adults have a more developed immune system to help ward off infection.