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How long does earache last?

Andrew Bellingham

Andrew Bellingham

Pharmacist | 20+ Years | BPharm | Dip Clin Pharm

Earaches are a common condition experienced by millions of people in the UK every year. Not all earaches are the same. The pain can vary from dull, to sharp, to a burning pain in one or both of your ears.

How long does an earache last?

The duration of an earache can vary depending on factors such as its cause and severity. Typically, an earache lasts around 1 to 3 days.

You should consult a pharmacist, if: 

  • Pain persists or worsens
  • You experience fever, drainage from the ear, or difficulty hearing
  • Over-the-counter painkillers provide little relief
  • You have pre-existing conditions or a history of ear problems

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it may be that you have an ear infection. Most ear infections tend to last between a few days to a couple of weeks.

If you have regular ear infections, you may be at risk of permanent damage to your hearing, so getting properly diagnosed and treated by a pharmacist quickly is crucial. 

Frequently asked questions about earache

How long does an average earache last?

An average earache typically lasts 1 to 3 days. However, it’s important to consult your pharmacist for proper diagnosis and treatment in case your ear is infected. 

What factors affect how long an earache lasts?

The duration of an earache can be influenced by factors such as the underlying cause, severity of infection, individual health, and treatment received.

Can weather changes affect the duration of an earache?

Weather changes may worsen earache symptoms due to pressure changes, but they generally don’t directly impact how long the earache lasts.

A tired looking lady holds her ear in pain due to an ear infection

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