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Are there alternative treatments for viral ear infections?

In addition to pain relievers, a washcloth soaked in warm water placed over the ear may be useful in easing the pain caused by a viral ear infection. Certain over-the-counter medications may be helpful, but others such as antihistamines or decongestants carry no benefit. Children under 16 with an infection should not be given aspirin at all.

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