Ear infection is typically a middle ear infection, also called otitis media, according to WebMD. It occurs when the tube that drains the ear is blocked, allowing bacteria to grow in fluid trapped behind the eardrum. More »

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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... More »

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Easy treatments for an adult ear infection include using a warm compress on the affected ear, getting nonprescription ear drops and taking pain medications, notes MedlinePlus. These treatment options can relieve the symp... More »

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Ways to remove fluid from the middle ear include using decongestants and antihistamines, says McKinley Health Center, and by performing simple exercises that "pop" your ears, according to WebMD. However, fluids in the in... More »

A shingles infection that affects the cranial nerves can cause rashes around the ear, on the mouth, and on the face, scalp, and neck, according to WebMD. Shingles is an infection with the varicella-zoster virus, reports ... More »

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Applying a warm washcloth to the ear to ease the pain and getting plenty of rest to help the body fight the infection are two home remedies suggested for an earache by WebMD. Top 10 Home Remedies recommends onions, ginge... More »

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Sharp pain behind an ear is often caused by an infection in the middle ear, especially when redness or swelling on the outer ear accompanies pain, as FamilyDoctor.org explains. A ruptured ear drum, an enlarged lymph node... More »

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