Ear Pain, Scuba Diving (cont.)
Scuba Diving Ear Pain Treatment
The most important treatment was done by aborting the dive and ascending to the surface, making any necessary decompression stops.
- Initial treatment involves the use of oral decongestants and nasal spray to help open the Eustachian tube. Antihistamines may also be prescribed if an allergy is a contributing factor.
- Pain medications can be helpful. Eardrops to relieve pain may be used if the eardrum is not ruptured.
- A ruptured eardrum will require antibiotics by mouth to prevent infections.
- If the patient has a facial paralysis, oral steroids may be prescribed.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/10/2014