Two to three drops of sweet oil can be used to treat ear pain as long as the affected ear is not dripping pus. Viruses cause many ear infections, so they usually go away on their own and do not need antibiotics, notes Pediatric Partners, P.A.
Pain relief is frequently the most vital part of ear infection treatment; however, sometimes ear infections do not go away easily and can become severe, resulting in mastoiditis. Signs of mastoiditis include swelling behind the ear, fever and ear pain. This is when an ear infection is a medical emergency, says Pediatric Partners, P.A.