More ear infections seen this time of year

(WIVB) — We often associate the extreme cold with illnesses such as influenza, but this time of year, doctors also treat more patients with ear infections.

Most of the patients are children, but ear infections also occur in some adults.

It’s not the cold itself that leads to the spike in infections, but the illnesses that typically spread this time of year.

“It’s probably flu and other viruses that people get this time of year, and that sort of sets the kids up for ear infections, blockage of the Eustachian tubes and secondary bacterial infections from other viruses,” Dr. Eric Neilsen, with Rochester Regional Health said.

Doctors typically prescribe a course of antibiotics for ear infections. They also say the increase in illnesses this time of year can likely be attributed to people spending more time indoors, close together, so things like a cold can spread more easily. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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