How to Get Ear Pain Relief
Earaches and pains are a common complaint, which could indicate an infection or other health issue.
If the pain does not go away on its own after a few days, contact your doctor. You may require treatment such as antibiotics or an invasive medical procedure to resolve the issue.
Try over-the-counter acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) as a pain reliever. These drugs are safe for adults and children alike – just be sure to read the label beforehand!
Place either a cool or warm compress over your ear to help relieve pain and inflammation. Alternate between them for 10 minutes to see which helps you most.
When you experience an earache, it could be due to a buildup of fluid in the middle ear. This could be caused by a cold or flu, swimmer’s ear, sinus problems, allergies or an ear infection.
If your ears are tender, try sleeping with your head raised by placing two or more pillows behind the affected ear so it is higher than the rest of your head. This may help alleviate some tension and discomfort during the night.
Massage or ointment can also provide temporary relief from earache. You can purchase ready-made ointments at the drugstore, or make your own by mixing a few drops of essential oil (like tea tree oil) with one teaspoon of olive oil and applying it directly onto the affected area.