Ear infections are a lot more common than you might think. Studies actually show that more than 60-percent of head colds turn into an ear infection, particularly in babies and toddlers. However, identifying an ear infection in yourself or spotting one in your child is often difficult if you’re not familiar with the symptoms.
The 10 common signs and symptoms of an ear infection are…
1. Flu-like Symptoms
If you feel those familiar symptoms of a head cold—for instance, runny nose, headache, fever, and sinus congestion—you might be experiencing an ear infection. You are especially at risk for developing an ear infection if these symptoms stick around longer than a normal cold (i.e., more than 7- to 10-days ) and just won’t go away.