Treat an earache at home by using over-the-counter pain medications, applying heat to the affected ear, and using eardrops, according to WebMD. Resting allows the body to fight off the infection that causes most earaches.
Pain-reliving medications, including Motrin and Tylenol, help soothe the pain of an earache, notes WebMD. A warm washcloth applied to the ear area can also ease pain. If an earache persists after a couple of days, the patient requires evaluation by a medical professional. For bacterial ear infections, doctors generally prescribe antibiotics. Many doctors prescribe antibiotics for all ear infections since it is difficult to determine if an infection has the potential to clear up without antibiotic treatment.