How do medications treat viral ear infections?

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Medications can be used to treat the symptoms of viral ear infections such as pain and fever. In addition to over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin or Tylenol, your doctor may prescribe eardrops containing a numbing agent to help relieve the earache pain. Because it is a viral infection, antibiotics will not be effective in treating the condition.

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