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I have a really bad ear infection what can I do or take?

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Brian Fishman
Emergency Medicine
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In brief: See your doctor

You should see your doctor so he or she can take a look in your ear and make sure nothing else is going on.
You may need antibiotics or further testing. Until you can see your doctor, you can try taking ibuprofen, naproxen, or Acetaminophen for pain relief (unless you have been told not to take these medications by your doctor in the past).

In brief: See your doctor

You should see your doctor so he or she can take a look in your ear and make sure nothing else is going on.
You may need antibiotics or further testing. Until you can see your doctor, you can try taking ibuprofen, naproxen, or Acetaminophen for pain relief (unless you have been told not to take these medications by your doctor in the past).
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Dr. Gregg Alexander
Ear pain doesn't necessarily mean ear infection! You should get to your doc to have it checked.
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Decongestants

Assuming you have seen a doctor for abx, you can also use a decongestant nasal spray to help "drain" or relieve the pressure in your ears via the eustachian tube.
An oral decongestant may also help. For mild pain control, over-the-counter meds will work. If you have intense fevers, severe headaches, ear drainage, a stiff neck, dizziness, or facial weakness you should see your doctor immediately.

In brief: Decongestants

Assuming you have seen a doctor for abx, you can also use a decongestant nasal spray to help "drain" or relieve the pressure in your ears via the eustachian tube.
An oral decongestant may also help. For mild pain control, over-the-counter meds will work. If you have intense fevers, severe headaches, ear drainage, a stiff neck, dizziness, or facial weakness you should see your doctor immediately.
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