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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Strep Ear

03/29/1999

Question:

What is Strep Ear?

Answer:

This is not a common terminology used in medicine. `Strep` usually refers to a streptococcal bacterial organism. One of the most common bacteria causing otitis media (middle ear infections) is Streptococcus pneumonia. This is perhaps what you are referring to. Also, occasionally, another organism, usually a beta-hemolytic streptococcus (much like the bacteria responsible for strep throat) can cause these ear infections. This is usually a very virulent infection, often causing severe inflammation of the ear drum, sometimes with resultant blistering of the eardrum or even rupture. I hope this has been helpful.

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Response by:

Thomas A Tami, MD Thomas A Tami, MD
Professor of Otolaryngology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati