Vomiting Stuffy Nose Sinus Headache Earache

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Alternative Names

Otalgia; Pain - ear; Ear pain


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The following steps may help an earache:

  • A cold pack or cold wet wash cloth applied to the outer ear for 20 minutes may reduce pain.
  • For children old enough to safely chew gum, chewing may help relieve the pain and pressure of an ear infection.
  • If a child is uncomfortable lying down, resting in an upright position can help reduce pressure in the middle ear.
  • Over-the-counter ear drops are gentle and effective, as long as the eardrum has not...
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