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Relieve Ear Pain
Unlikely: Claritin is an antihistamine with good relief for itching, sneezing, runny nose with less effect on nasal congestion. Ear pain that is caused by allergies may be slightly relieved, but typically, a decongestant that decreases nasal congestion is better suited to relieve the ear pain that goes along with eustachian tube dysfunction. A nasal steroid spray may be even more effective. ...Read more
Decongestant: Oxymetozaline ( afrin, dristan, nasivin, logicin, Vicks sinex, visine l.R., sudafed om, and zicam) can all help. Don't use more than several days in succession. You might also try nasal rinses with neti pot (ask your friendly pharmacist). Also, steroid nasal spray may help. ...Read more
Find the source: It sounds like a temporomandibular joint problem. Have your ear checked for infection, your teeth and bite alignment by a dentist, and proceed stepwise through the many suggestings that exist for this problem. Hard and chewy foods, or excessive chewing of gum wil aggrevate the joint. Pressing on the joint can relieve pain, until lifestyle changes cause it to calm down. ...Read more
Ear drops: There are many topical antibiotic drops and other drops that will relieve external otitis which is what swimmer's ear is. I would advise that you see an ENT doctor for diagnosis and treatment. More rarely fungal infections can also cause external ear infection. If the latter is present you would need specific anti fungal drops. ...Read more
Post proper age.: I assume that you are asking about your child. Unfortunately only the age 10 yrs shows up, so there is a chance a precocious 10 year old is posting the question. We cannot answer questions posted by minors. Create an account in your name, with your age and location noted in the public profile, and then you may add that you are asking for a minor. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if this isn't clear ...Read more
Let me explain: Numerous conditions and problems can cause outer ear pain. According to the university of illinois medical center, ear pain can range from mild to severe, and is usually caused by conditions of the outer or middle ear. Otitis externa(external ear infection). Ear truma ear canal blockage(wax). The treatment is according to cause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Question: In general, a ventilation tube inserted into the ear drum for removal of fluid or to prevent recurrent ear infections should not hurt. Sometimes when water gets into the ear canal or antibiotic drops are inserted, they may possibly cause discomfort. Rarely the tube is pressing on the ear canal skin. Talk to your surgeon and ask him to reassure you. ...Read more
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