The symptoms of an ear infection in adults include: An earache (either a sharp, sudden pain or a dull, continuous pain) A sharp stabbing pain with immediate warm drainage from the ear canal.
A feeling of fullness in the ear.
Can an ear infection in adults go away on its own?
Ear infections can go away on their own in many cases, so a minor earache may not be a worry. A doctor should typically be seen if symptoms have not improved within 3 days. If new symptoms occur, such as a fever or loss of balance, a doctor should be seen immediately.
How do I know if I have an ear infection at home?
Move the otoscope and the ear very gently until you can see the eardrum. Angle the viewing piece slightly toward your child’s nose, so it follows the normal angle of the ear canal.
What to do if you feel an ear infection coming on?
How are ear infections treated?
- Apply a warm cloth to the affected ear.
- Take over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication such as ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol). Find ibuprofen or acetaminophen online.
- Use OTC or prescription ear drops to relieve pain.
- Take OTC decongestants such as pseudoephedrine (Sudafed).
How can I treat an ear infection at home?
Here are 11 home remedies and over-the-counter treatments for earaches.
- Over-the-counter pain relievers.
- Cold or warm compresses.
- Olive oil.
- Naturopathic drops.
- Chiropractic treatment.
- Sleep without putting pressure on the ear.
- Neck exercises.