How can I relieve an earache?

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There are several things that you can do to relieve the pain of an earache. Keep in mind that if the earache is caused by an infection, you will need antibiotics to treat and clear it. Home remedies for ear infections will only help with the pain, not the cause:
  • Apply heat to the ear to relieve the pain. Use a warm washcloth or a heating pad set on low. (Do not leave a child alone with a heating pad.)
  • Prop up your head when you sleep.
  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or aspirin. (Do not give aspirin to anyone under 18.)
  • Try an over-the-counter oral-nasal decongestant (not an antihistamine) to dry up the fluid in the ear.

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