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Are Ear Infections a Sign of COVID?

Differentiating COVID-19 from a variety of other illnesses can be complex. While you may have the known symptoms of COVID, you could also have a cold. Confusion is a familiar feeling when dealing with symptoms. However, it is essential to know if your ear infection means you need to be tested for COVID-19. 

Visit AFC Urgent Care Methuen for COVID testing today. Our providers can make recommendations of treatment based on your symptoms.

Symptoms of an Ear Infection

Frequently, the most common symptom of an ear infection is ear pain. You may also experience a sensation of fullness within the ear, drainage, sleep disruption, and, somewhat surprisingly, a loss of appetite. These symptoms are just a handful that could present amid an ear infection, but it is important to note that these symptoms are not typical of COVID.

Symptoms of COVID

The symptoms of COVID are many but are most usually respiratory-related. Common symptoms include a dry cough, nasal congestion, sore throat, difficulty breathing, and loss of smell or taste. Other, lesser-known symptoms are:

  • Blue-tinted lips or face
  • Chest pain
  • Chills
  • Body aches
  • Pink eye
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue

These symptoms could indicate several illnesses, but it is essential to consider getting a COVID test if you are experiencing any.

Overlapping Symptoms

Although an ear infection and COVID seem to have very different symptoms, there are a couple that the two illnesses have in common. Both ear infections and COVID can result in a fever and headaches. If you are experiencing both symptoms, a visit to your doctor or a COVID test may be necessary. Living with the symptoms without getting a test could mean you spread the illness to others. In order to prevent an outbreak, it is best to get tested and quarantine when necessary.

Ear Infection Causes

The connection between COVID-19 and ear infections is being researched. Given that the cause could be bacterial or viral means that an ear infection can stem from a number of sources. Typically, the infection occurs when fluid is trapped in the middle ear with an inability to drain. Children who seem to be experiencing ear infection symptoms should see a doctor if they do not improve over two days. Medication may be necessary.

Diagnosing an ear infection is less invasive than a COVID test. Nonetheless, if you or your child are experiencing symptoms of one or the other, your medical health professional can help you determine the best treatment plan.