According to Mayo Clinic, an adult with ear pain or discharge should see a doctor immediately. Doctors may prescribe ear drops, pain medication or antibiotics. Most ear infections resolve themselves without any treatment, dependent on the severity of the pain and infection.
If antibiotics are prescribed, take them every day until the medicine is gone, not just when the pain subsides, recommends Mayo Clinic. If antibiotics are not prescribed, pain medication and a warm cloth over the affected ear may help with relief.
The New York Times Health Guide states that most ear infections occur in the middle ear. Ear infections are much less common in adults than children. Adult symptoms include earache, a clogged feeling in the ear, vomiting, diarrhea and hearing loss.