The most effective remedy for ear pain depends on the underlying cause, but common ear infections can be treated with multiple remedies, such as cold or warm compresses, over-the-counter pain relievers and chiropractic treatment, according to Healthline. Popular analgesics, including acetaminophen and ibuprofen, can relieve pain associated with acute otitis media or a middle ear infection.
While antibiotics are used to treat bacterial ear infections, many young patients get relief from home remedies after a few days, explains WebMD. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines, such as Motrin, Aleve and Advil help to relieve pain. Doctors can also recommend using eardrops to address earaches.
Applying olive oil drops can loosen earwax causing painful clogged ears, according to WebMD. If a patient has a burst eardrum, applying olive oil or eardrops isn't recommended. Cold compresses can relieve pain due to earache, but those with ear infections need to take care and avoid getting the inside of the ear wet.
Antibiotics are usually prescribed if a patient is at risk for complications due to an ear infection, appears severely ill or is younger than two years old and has more than a mild fever, reports WebMD. When taking antibiotics, patients have to complete their treatment even if symptoms lessen or disappear because stopping treatment can result in drug-resistant bacteria.