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How to treat an earache?

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David Miller
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

Many ear aches are caused by viruses or simply physical trauma (such as a lot of forceful coughing) while others are caused by bacteria.
We sometimes treat ear aches with antibiotics if they're caused by bacteria. In other cases, treating the symptoms and giving your body a chance to heal on its on is sufficient.

In brief: Depends

Many ear aches are caused by viruses or simply physical trauma (such as a lot of forceful coughing) while others are caused by bacteria.
We sometimes treat ear aches with antibiotics if they're caused by bacteria. In other cases, treating the symptoms and giving your body a chance to heal on its on is sufficient.
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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on cause

Most ear aches that i see in my practice are due to issues with the jaw and jaw joint.
If you have normal hearing and your nose is fairly clear chances that you have an ear infection are small. The jaw joint surrounds the ear and muscle spasm, tension and inflammation lead to pain "in the ear." go on a soft diet, don't chew gum, ice the area for 20 minutes 3 to 4 times a day and take advil (ibuprofen).

In brief: Depends on cause

Most ear aches that i see in my practice are due to issues with the jaw and jaw joint.
If you have normal hearing and your nose is fairly clear chances that you have an ear infection are small. The jaw joint surrounds the ear and muscle spasm, tension and inflammation lead to pain "in the ear." go on a soft diet, don't chew gum, ice the area for 20 minutes 3 to 4 times a day and take advil (ibuprofen).
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Several Options

If you don't have a reason not to take it, some kind of over the counter pain medication is a good place to start.
Aspirin, acetominphin, Ibuprofen are all good way to start. (don't give Aspirin to a child). Did you have trauma to your ear, or did it just start to hurt? Usually you are going to have to have some exam of the ear to know for sure what the problem is, and then know how to fix it.

In brief: Several Options

If you don't have a reason not to take it, some kind of over the counter pain medication is a good place to start.
Aspirin, acetominphin, Ibuprofen are all good way to start. (don't give Aspirin to a child). Did you have trauma to your ear, or did it just start to hurt? Usually you are going to have to have some exam of the ear to know for sure what the problem is, and then know how to fix it.
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