An ear ache may be a symptom of a cold or an ear infection (otitis media). An ear ache from a cold is caused by the cold virus. Symptoms may include a sharp, dull, or burning pain that can range from mild to very painful. Patients may also experience pressure in the ear from trapped fluid. Difficulty sleeping, fever, and green or yellow mucus in the nose associated with a cold may also occur.
Ear infections are characterized by inflammation (redness) and soreness in the ear. The infection is most common in infants and children aged 3 months to 3 years, but can occur at any age. These ear infections often occur suddenly and can be extremely painful in the beginning. Other symptoms of an ear ache from an ear infection may include loss of appetite, irritability, poor sleep, fever, vertigo (spinning/dizziness), drainage from the ear, and difficulty hearing.
Visit Healthcare Clinic to determine the cause and severity of your ear ache or ear infection. Ear aches from a cold will typically go away on their own. Over the counter pain relief medications and warm compresses can help relieve pain.
We will examine the ear to check the color and the fluid if an ear infection is suspected. If you are diagnosed with an ear infection, treatment may include medication for pain and fever and/or antibiotics for bacterial ear infection, though not all ear infections require antibiotic treatment.*
This treatment is available at Healthcare Clinic locations for patients 18 months and older.
If you believe you have a medical emergency, please call 911.
1 Prescriptions written when clinically appropriate. Patients have a choice of pharmacy.
2 Service is available at Healthcare Clinic locations for patients 18 months and older.