Otitis is a general term for infection or inflammation of the ear.
Otitis can affect the inner or outer parts of the ear. The condition is classified according to whether it occurs suddenly and for a short time (acute) or repeatedly over a long period of time (chronic).
Ear infection; Infection - ear
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