Application of warm or cold compresses, insertion of oil or naturopathic drops into the ear canal, and chiropractic treatment are some home remedies for adult earaches due to infection, according to Healthline. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen are effective as well.
Just as the application of ice packs and warm compresses soothes pain in other parts of the body, these remedies can alleviate the pain that accompanies an ear infection, advises Healthline. Placing a few drops of warmed oil in the ear canal is a folk remedy that modern science has not substantiated, but it is a safe remedy that can alleviate ear pain. Naturopathic ear drops consist of selected herbs in an oil base, and at least one study revealed them to be as effective as over-the-counter ear drops. Another study indicated that 93 percent of those who had one or two chiropractic adjustments enjoyed relief from ear pain.
Otitis media, a common cause of ear pain, is often a viral condition that resolves spontaneously, reports eMedicineHealth. Treating discomfort with over-the-counter pain relievers and topical applications of heat, cold or oils is frequently all that is necessary. As of 2015, doctors do not routinely prescribe antibiotics to treat ear infections and instead recommend that patients use pain control methods until the infection resolves, according to Healthline.