Ear Ache Treatment
Most ear aches clears up on their own without any treatment, but if it doesn’t get any better, then it's essential to see a doctor. A lot of people say that earaches only occur in children, but it can also happen to adults as well. Usually, people experience pain on one side of the ears, but it can also occur on both sides.
The ear pain or ache can be sharp, dull, or burning; you may feel constant or intermittent symptoms depending on the etiology. This condition has a variety of causes such as cold, flu, infection, perforation, trauma, ear wax, or excessive water.
It can happen at any time, so it’s important to understand its symptoms and how to manage it.
GuruMD offers urgent care and online consultations for ear aches, allowing you to get treatment and order prescriptions all from home. Here’s what you should know about ear aches.
What Is Ear Ache?
An earache is a pain in either the inside or outside of the ears. It can happen to both children and adults, but it occurs more commonly in children. It's often caused by earwax, infection, trauma, TMJ, obstruction, or perforation. The most common signs and symptoms are constant rubbing or tugging of the ears.
Symptoms of Earache
- Impaired hearing
- Fluid drainage from the ear
- Ear pain
- Muffled hearing
- Difficulty responding to sound
- Ear pain
- Fullness in the ear
- Tugging/pulling at the ear
- Difficulty sleeping
- Crying or irritability
- Loss of balance
- Loss of appetite
How Does GuruMD Treat Earache?
At GuruMD, we offer urgent care for patients with earaches. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms of an earache, all you have to do is create an account to speak with a medical provider online or in-person.
Our board certified professionals will conduct an interview and physical examination. The goal is to find the underlying medical condition of your ear pain. If there is pus or discolored drainage, then oral antibiotics or ear drops are required. Even if the symptoms improve, it’s vital to keep taking the medication until the entire course is finished. This will ensure that the infection is completely cleared up and that the agent will not develop immunity.
If the cause is a buildup of wax, then the doctor may prescribe wax softening ear drops to get rid of it. For TMJ purposes, the provider can prescribe a mouth guard to prevent the teeth from grinding at night.
One of the most common causes of ear earache is the cold or flu. If you have a fever and other symptoms of runny nose, congestion, and cough, then it's evident that the cold or flu is responsible for the ear pain. The doctor will prescribe cold medication and other symptom relief treatments to fight it off.
If there are other additional or severe symptoms such as dizziness, swelling of the ear, facial droop, blood or puss, bad headaches, or poor coordination, the physician may need a CT scan to determine the root cause.
If the earache has not responded well to the treatment, the physician will provide other tests such as a tympanocentesis, where they use a tiny tube to pierce through the eardrum to drain the fluid to test for strains of viruses and bacteria.
Another test is called tympanometry, which measures the movement of the eardrum. The device measures how well the eardrum moves and provides a measurement of the pressure in the middle ear.
Some earaches might be preventable, and the physician would consult you on keeping foreign objects out of the ear, drying the ear after swimming or bathing, and avoiding secondhand smoke or smoking in general.
Other treatment strategies that the physician would recommend include avoiding getting the ear wet, sitting upright to alleviate the pressure, applying a cold cloth to the ear, chewing gum to relieve the pain, and taking pain relievers or ear drops.
To make sure you’re on the right track, we offer routine lab work for patients with earaches. We want to make sure you have a safe recovery process and get all the care you need to overcome your symptoms.
Experiencing an earache? Register for your GuruMD account now to get the treatment you need.