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What do you do for an earache?

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According to WebMD an earache can be treated at home initially, with over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen and non-prescription ear drops to relieve the pain. If an earache becomes severe, or the patient develops a high fever, than the earache must be treated by a doctor.

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WebMD notes that a persistent earache can be treated with a cool compress, as long as water or moisture does not become trapped in the ear. The patient must see a doctor if the earache persists for too long, in case an ear infection develops which requires a prescription for medication, according to WebMD.

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