Lifestyle Changes to Manage Middle Ear Infections
Making certain lifestyle changes in your household may help reduce the risk of recurrent ear infections. These may include:
- If you or anyone in your household smokes, talk to your doctor for help with quitting. Eliminating smoke also includes secondhand smoke.
- Frequent hand washing.
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Marcie L. Sidman, MD
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