How can I treat ear pain caused by a viral infection?

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For children and adults, over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers, decongestants and saline nasal sprays may help relieve some symptoms of viral infections. Remember, always use over-the-counter products as directed. Many over-the-counter products are not recommended for children younger than certain ages.

For ear pain:
  • Put a warm moist cloth over the ear that hurts.
  • Take acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen to relieve pain or fever (check what is safe to give your child).
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