Over-the-counter treatments for ear pain include oral anti-inflammatory pain medications and topical anesthetic drops, according to MedicineNet. Additionally, cold or warm compresses and oil drops can be used to treat ear pain, according to Healthline.
The most effective medications for treating ear pain are acetaminophen and ibuprofen, according to MedicineNet. Anesthetic drops used in the ear canal can reduce ear pain by helping to numb an inflamed eardrum. Ice packs or warm compresses can also be effective for reducing pain, according to Healthline. Warm oil drops containing herbal extracts in an olive oil base are safe for helping to soothe ear pain, according to Healthline.