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Earache (cont.)

Earache Home Remedies and Relief

Symptomatic treatment for pain and fever may be provided at home at onset of the earache. Many times, otits media will resolve spontaneously if it is caused by a virus and no further care is required. Usually, acetaminophen or ibuprofen are appropriate to use, depending upon past medical history (for example, acetaminophen should not be used in people with liver disease and ibuprofen should be used with caution in those with kidney disease or who are taking anticoagulation medications).

Remember that dosing for infants and children is based upon weight.

When in doubt, your health care professional or pharmacist are valuable resources in deciding which OTC medication is appropriate to use.

Home remedies may include a warm compress to the ear to help with pain control. It is important to avoid burning the skin with the heat of the compress.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/22/2013

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