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M 4 year old daughter has sharp pain in her right ear. she has been swimming a lot lately, this could be swimmer's ear. any remedy till seeing dr?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Ibuprofen/heat: A dose of Ibuprofen & letting the kid hold a warm compress to the side of the head sometimes helps. Touching the ear with anything may be painful but with the kid in control sometimes they find the heat sensation dulls the pain sensation.Avoid alcohol or other otc drops & have her checked today.
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Keep ear dry,tylenol (acetaminophen): If it is an otitis externa (outer ear infection or swimmer's ear) then appropriate drops are needed to treat the infection. In the meantime keeping the ear dry and treating the discomfort are the first keys to not making it worse.

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