- Apply a warm cloth or warm water bottle to the affected ear.
- Use over-the-counter pain relief drops for ears. Or, ask the provider about prescription eardrops to relieve pain.
- Take over-the-counter medicines such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain or fever. DO NOT give aspirin to children.
How can I treat an ear infection at home?
Ear Infection Home Treatments and Remedies
- Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen (Advil) and acetaminophen (Tylenol)
- Applying a warm compress on the infected ear.
- Applying naturopathic ear drops with ginger, tea tree, or olive oil may help with pain and inflammation.
Do ear infections go away on their own?
Ear infections can go away on their own in many cases, so a minor earache may not be a worry. A doctor should typically be seen if symptoms have not improved within 3 days. If new symptoms occur, such as a fever or loss of balance, a doctor should be seen immediately.
Why won’t my ear infection go away?
A chronic ear infection develops when fluid or an infection behind the eardrum does not go away. A chronic ear infection may be caused by: An acute ear infection that does not completely go away. Repeated ear infections.
How long does it take for an untreated ear infection to go away?
Unfortunately inner ear infections last longer. Severe symptoms usually clear within 7 days, but complete recovery may take as long as 2 to 3 months. Older adults may have dizziness symptoms that last even longer.
Can you put peroxide in your ear?
Generally, your ears make just enough wax to protect the ear canal from water and infection. For example, many wax-removing eardrops or solutions are available. These solutions often use hydrogen peroxide to soften the earwax.
How can I get my ear to drain?
Warm some olive oil in a small bowl. Using a clean dropper, place a few drops of the oil into the affected ear. Lie on your other side for about 10 minutes, and then sit up and tilt the ear downward. The water and oil should drain out.
What side should you lay on if you have an ear infection?
Rest with your head on two or more pillows, so the affected ear is higher than the rest of your body. Or if the left ear has an infection, sleep on your right side.
How do I know if my ear infection is bacterial or viral?
Viral or bacterial infections can occur in the middle of the ear. These often cause pain, inflammation, and fluid buildup.
- tugging or pulling at the ear.
- ear pain, especially when lying down.
- difficulty sleeping.
- crying more than normal.
- loss of balance.
- difficulty hearing.
- lack of appetite.
How do adults get ear infections?
Ear infections in adults are typically caused by germs, such as viruses, a fungus, or bacteria. The way a person becomes infected will often determine the kind of infection they get. People with weakened immune systems or inflammation in the structures of the ear may be more prone to ear infections than others.
How do you know if you have an infection in your ear?
What Are the Symptoms of an Ear Infection?
- Earache (either a sharp, sudden pain or a dull, continuous pain)
- A sharp stabbing pain with immediate warm drainage from the ear canal.
- A feeling of fullness in the ear.
- Muffled hearing.
- Ear drainage.
When an ear infection is serious?
Symptoms include redness or swelling on the bone behind the ear, swollen ear lobes, and headaches. If treatment options don’t work and the infection continues to spread, other serious complications can occur, including hearing loss, meningitis, and brain abscess. (7)
What is the best antibiotic for an ear infection?
Here are some of the antibiotics doctors prescribe to treat an ear infection:
- Amoxil (amoxicillin)
- Augmentin (amoxicillin/potassium clavulanate)
- Cortisporin (neomycin/polymxcin b/hydrocortisone) solution or suspension.
- Cortisporin TC (colistin/neomycin/thonzonium/hydrocortisone) suspension.