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How to get rid of an ear infection?

Andrew Bellingham

Andrew Bellingham

Pharmacist | 20+ Years | BPharm | Dip Clin Pharm

Ear infections, although common, can be incredibly uncomfortable and disruptive. The discomfort of an earache can range from a mild annoyance to excruciating pain, affecting not just your ability to hear, but also your overall well-being.

How to tell if it’s an ear infection?

Ear infections can sometimes be mistaken for simple earaches, but there are telltale signs that distinguish the two.

Here are some key symptoms to look out for:

  • Persistent or worsening pain
  • Fluid or pus draining from the ear, often with a foul odour
  • Fever, especially in children
  • Difficulty hearing (due to fluid buildup)

How to cure an ear infection?

If you believe you may have an ear infection, you should consult a pharmacist for proper diagnosis and treatment.

While the following methods do not replace proper treatment, they can help reduce the pain and duration of your infection. These include: 

  • Apply a warm compress: soak a clean cloth in warm water and gently place it against the ear for 10-15 minutes at a time

     

  • Take low strength painkillers (such as paracetamol or ibuprofen)

     

You should avoid putting anything in your ear while you have an infection, this includes any water, ear drops or warm olive oil, unless told to do so by your pharmacist. In cases of serious infection, this can lead to further complications.

Frequently asked questions about ear infections

What are common symptoms of an ear infection?

Common symptoms of an ear infection include ear pain, drainage from the ear, and difficulty hearing. Consult a pharmacist for proper diagnosis and treatment.

What are some home remedies for relieving ear pain?

Home remedies for ear pain relief include warm compresses, painkillers, and ear drops. However, it’s essential to consult a pharmacist for severe or persistent pain.

How to prevent ear infections?

To prevent ear infections, avoid smoke, maintain good hygiene, keep ears dry, and get vaccinated. Regular hand washing also helps prevent the spread of germs.

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