Motrin, mineral oil. Pain is due to stretching at the tympanic membrane, or ear drum. Prescription numbing agents can help, though gently warmed mineral oil dropped into the ear canal is very soothing. Holding a warm wash cloth to the ear increases the air pressure in the canal, helping push the ear drum back in, releasing the stretch. Of course Motrin and tylenol (acetaminophen) help relieve pain as well.