Wilderness: Ear Squeeze (cont.)
Ear Squeeze Treatment
- Rest; avoid further dives, coughing, sneezing, bending, and attempts to equalize pressure in the ears.
- Pain may be relieved with 1-2
acetaminophen (Tylenol) every 4 hours and/or 1-2 ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) every 6-8 hours.
- Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) 30 mg tablets, 1 every 6 hours for 2-3 days, may relieve congestion. People with a history of
high blood pressure or
heart rhythm problems should avoid this product.
- Oral antibiotics are usually recommended for discharge from the ear, nose, or mouth. Tell the doctor of any
drug allergy prior to starting any antibiotic. Antibiotics can cause sensitivity to the sun, so use a sunscreen.
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM