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There's a lot of new information about ear infections.  One of the things we've learned about ear infections is that many of the causes are not bacterial, they are, in fact, viral.  I think when you treat someone or you have a family member get treated for an ear infection, whether you're the doctor or the patient, it's important to understand that ear infections are not always treated with antibiotics and that you do not have to have the medication given, that in many cases, it is not that essential. 

By: Brian McDonough, M.D., FAAFP