Home remedies for an earache include over-the-counter ear drops, applying a cold pack on the ear for about 20 minutes, chewing, sitting in an upright position and over-the-counter pain relievers, as stated by the National Institutes of Health's MedlinePlus. Earache can be prevented by controlling allergies, drying the ears after a bath, preventing ear infections and using steroid nasal spray.
Earache is a pain that commonly affects children more than adults. It is usually recurrent or constant, according to WebMD. It can occur in both ears or one ear and it usually feels like a sharp pain.
There are different causes of earache. The pain can occur due to an infection of the ear or other conditions affecting the areas nearby. Common causes include sinus infection, sore throat, ear pressure alterations, a foreign object in the ear, an ear infection, fluid buildup in the ear, a boil and jaw pain, among others.
This pain can be treated using simple home treatment measures. Applying a cold pack helps in relieving pain and sitting upright helps to reduce ear pressure. However, if it does not clear up or worsens, medical attention is necessary. If a patient experience severe pain which stops suddenly, he or she may need to see a doctor, notes WebMD.