Earache

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How can I treat an earache?

Answer

Treatment depends on what may be causing the earache. If the earache is due to an infection, there are no over-the-counter products available to treat an ear infection. You should contact your physician for the appropriate antibiotic. In the meantime, an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®) will help reduce the pain until you can speak with your physician.

If the earache is due to water in your ear from swimming, etc., there are over-the-counter ear drops available that may help the ear dry out quicker. One common product name is Swim-Ear®, another is Auro-Dri®.

Another possibility is that a wax build-up is causing the pain. This is best diagnosed and removed by your doctor. Finally, we would recommend that any persistent inner-ear discomfort be diagnosed by your physician to obtain the necessary treatment as quickly as possible.

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