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What if your ear hurts: Pictures To Distinguish Strep Throat From A Sore Throat

Pictures To Distinguish Strep Throat From A Sore Throat

Medically Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo, MD on November 19, 2022

We all know that raw, scratchy feeling in the back of the throat. It could just be dry winter air, seasonal allergies, or a plain old cold. But it also could be a bacterial condition, like strep, or a viral infection or something else. Only your health care provider can tell for sure. But you can look for a few signs on your own.

Grab a flashlight, look in the mirror, and say, “Ahhh.” You could find some important clues. You might see white dots or patches in the back of your throat. Your tonsils — the bumps on either side at the back of your throat — might be red and swollen, too. These could be signs of bacterial infection like strep throat or oral thrush, or a viral infection like oral herpes or mononucleosis. They also might be something else, like tonsil stones, which are painful calcium deposits on your throat.

If you have a cough and drippy nose along with your sore throat, that could be good news. You may feel crummy, but you’re less likely to have a serious infection. You probably just have a common cold virus and post-nasal drip.

Colds can cause a fever, but it’s usually just a mild one. If you have a sore throat and a fever over 101 F, it’s more likely to be a throat infection like strep than a simple cold. But these don’t always raise your temperature — so watch for other symptoms. 

The most common reason is infection — viral or bacterial. Lymph nodes trap and destroy germs, and they can swell up when they start to fight an infection. You might feel them under your jaw or on either side of your neck. But it doesn’t always mean anything serious. Even the common cold can cause swollen lymph nodes.

When a cold causes your sore throat, it can be plenty painful, but it usually goes away after a couple of days. Bacterial infections, like strep throat, tend to cause more severe pain that doesn’t get better. With strep, it may hurt so much that you can barely swallow. Sometimes, it can cause nausea, loss of appetite, headaches, or stomach pain as well.

A rash on your neck and chest that sometimes spreads to the rest of your body can be a sign of a group of bacterial infections called streptococcal infections. The most minor of these is strep throat, but they also include more serious ones, like scarlet fever, bacteremia (bacteria in the blood), and toxic shock syndrome. They all need to be treated by a doctor — usually with antibiotics — as soon as possible. 

They may feel the same, but a common sore throat and bacterial infections are very different. Most sore throats are caused by viruses, like the cold virus. No medication will cure a cold virus — you have to let your body heal on its own. But antibiotics can fight a bacterial infection, such as strep, and stop it from spreading.


If you have a sore throat from a cold, antibiotics won’t help at all. They only help against bacteria not viruses. Taking antibiotics when you don’t really need them has a risk, too. Too much exposure to antibiotics can turn regular bacteria into “super bugs” that don’t respond to treatment.

To figure out if strep — the most common bacterial throat infection — is causing your sore throat, your doctor may use a rapid strep test. Results are ready in 5 to 10 minutes, but the test doesn’t pick up all cases of strep. If yours is negative, your doctor may send a throat culture to the lab to be sure. That’s more thorough, but you won’t get the results for a few days.


If you do have a positive strep test, your doctor will give you oral antibiotics. You’ll probably feel better in a day or two, but don’t stop taking the medication — finish the whole course, which is usually 10 days. If you stop too soon, some of the bacteria could survive and get you sick again. You’ll still be contagious up to 24 hours after you start antibiotics, so wash your hands often to protect people around you. And throw away your toothbrush.

No matter the reason for your sore throat, simple home remedies can make you feel better. One thing that might work is a saltwater gargle. Just mix half a teaspoon of salt into a glass of water, then gargle, and spit it out. It can keep your throat moist, help with swelling, and ease that raw, scratchy feeling.

Steam from a humidifier or vaporizer can keep your scratchy throat moist and cut down on pain. You can also lean over a sink with hot running water. Drape a towel over your head to trap the steam, and breathe deeply. Try this for 5 to 10 minutes several times a day.

Try a warm water bottle or heating pad against the outside of your throat. Or wet a towel with hot water to make your own warm compress. It can help soothe tender lymph nodes in your neck.

If you need an excuse to eat ice cream, a sore throat is a great one. The cold has a numbing effect, and the creamy texture makes it easy to swallow. Other soothing foods include milkshakes, gelatin, and hot soup. If your sore throat is especially painful, stay away from crunchy or spicy foods.

If you have a fever and don’t drink enough fluids — because it hurts to swallow — it can make you dehydrated. Choose drinks that are easy on your throat: Water and warm tea are good choices. Stay away from citrus drinks, though, because they may sting your sore throat.

Over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen can help dull the pain of a sore throat. But be careful if you’re taking something for a cold or the flu — some of those medications already include a painkiller. You don’t want to take a double dose.

You can soothe a painful sore throat with a numbing spray or lozenge. (But don’t give lozenges to small children.) Carry a travel-size throat spray in your purse or briefcase for relief on the go. Sucking on ice chips can also bring some relief.

If you have a cold — and fluid draining from your nose irritates your throat — you could try a decongestant nasal spray or oral decongestant. They help dry up postnasal drip and give your throat some relief. Just follow the directions and don’t take them longer than recommended. If you use any other regular medications — or have high blood pressure or heart problems — check with your doctor first.

If it lasts longer than a week or gets worse, check with your doctor, even if you had a negative strep test. A throat swab may miss bacteria, so you may need another one. A sore throat that doesn’t go away could also be a sign of acid reflux, mononucleosis, or another condition.


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How to Handle an Earache (for Parents)

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Reviewed by: Melanie L. Pitone, MD

Primary Care Pediatrics at Nemours Children’s Health

Earaches are common in kids and can have many causes.  Here’s why they happen and what to do when your child complains of ear pain.

What Causes Earaches?

Kids might complain of ear pain or pull on an ear due to:

  • an ear infection (also called a middle ear infection)
  • fluid in the ear
  • swimmer’s ear
  • ear wax that is stuck
  • an object that was put in the ear and gets stuck
  • an injury to the ear canal
  • a tooth problem, like a cavity or teething
  • a sore throat

What Can Help a Child With an Earache Feel Better?

Give acetaminophen or ibuprofen as needed to ease pain (check instructions carefully for the correct amount). Don’t give ibuprofen to an infant younger than 6 months old.

Applying a lukewarm cloth to the ear also can help with pain, as can raising your child’s head while they sleep.

Don’t use ear drops unless your doctor says it’s OK.

When Should I Call the Doctor for an Earache?

Call the doctor if you tried home care measures and your child doesn’t seem to be improving, the pain is severe, or the pain began after an injury. Also call if:

  • your child has trouble taking liquids or is vomiting
  • blood or pus is draining from the ear
  • there is swelling and redness or a deeper skin tone around the ear or behind it
  • the sore ear sticks out more from the side of the head than the other ear
  • your child also has a fever, neck pain, or a headache

Can Earaches Be Prevented?

While not all earaches can be prevented, these things can help prevent ear pain:

  • Make sure your kids get the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) and the flu vaccine, which might make them less likely to get middle ear infections.
  • Do not clean ears with cotton swabs or sharp objects.
  • Avoid secondhand smoke and anyone with a cold (both can make ear infections more likely).
  • Get kids in the habit of washing their hands well and often, especially after playing around other kids.
  • Don’t give a bottle when your baby is lying down.

If your child swims a lot, ask the doctor if earplugs and special ear drops are a good idea.

Reviewed by: Melanie L. Pitone, MD

Date reviewed: March 2023



What to do if your ear hurts

Otitis is the most common cause of ear pain

Inflammation can occur in the outer, middle or inner ear. The reason is a viral or bacterial infection, but reduced immunity, lack of vitamins and hypothermia help her in the development of inflammation.

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What is otitis media

  • Otitis externa causes inflammation of the tissues of the external auditory canal, eardrum or auricle. Such a problem can be identified by eye – redness and swelling are noted. In addition, there are “lumbago” or constant discomfort in the ear.
  • In otitis media, deeper structures are affected. There is a throbbing pain throbbing, the temperature rises and hearing may even temporarily decrease.
  • Internal otitis rarely occurs on its own, it is more often a complication of advanced diseases. There is dizziness, impaired coordination, and subsequently, serious complications on the brain are possible.

Injuries of the tympanic membrane

The tympanic membrane can be injured even at home if cotton swabs are not used carefully. However, more often it occurs when a blow to the ear, chemicals enter the ear canal, or as a result of barotrauma (for example, in divers when ascending too quickly).

Tympanic membrane injury is characterized by severe, sharp pain that resolves after a while. But not without a trace – it leaves behind a sharp decrease in hearing on the affected side, tinnitus and even bleeding. With mild barotrauma due to pressure drop, the pain may go away on its own.

When something gets into the ear

The pain when foreign bodies get in can be different, depending on whether it is a bead, a piece of cotton or a bug.

Ear pain not caused by the ear

Did you know that most of the hearing organ is located inside the head? No, then let’s take a little digression into the anatomy!

So, the auricle, the ear canal is just the outer ear. Hidden behind the eardrum is the middle ear, which contains three small bones and the Eustachian tube. Through this tube, the middle ear is connected to the nasopharynx. Even deeper is the inner ear, where the mechanical vibrations of sound are converted into electrical impulses.

All structures of the maxillofacial region are a single complex system, and if one of the elements fails, others suffer. That is why if the “ear hurts”, then it does not necessarily hurt.

In such a situation we speak of “secondary remission”. Let’s look at its causes and manifestations.


Of course, making diagnoses and prescribing treatment is the doctor’s task. But it is necessary to suspect diseases and make an appointment with an ENT specialist if you have:

Secondary otalgia


Trigeminal neuralgia

Hypothermia, nerve entrapment, viral damage, etc.

Very severe, “electric” pain in the face.

Pathology of the temporomandibular joint


As a rule, it is accompanied by its “clicking”, pain when moving the jaw.

Sore throat (pharyngitis, tonsillitis)



Dental disease

Any running processes, even caries

Accompanied by pain when chewing

Diseases of the parotid salivary gland area of ​​the lower jaw or behind the ear

Who to run to if your ear hurts

Thus, if your ear hurts, first of all, make an appointment with an otolaryngologist, since it is the doctor who will be able to determine the true cause. On the way to the clinic, remember what preceded this pain:

  • Perhaps they dived deep and swam out of the water abruptly?
  • Or were you in the forest, lying on the grass?
  • Maybe they let caries or a long-standing jaw injury take its course?

This information will help the ENT in a shorter time to establish the correct diagnosis and prescribe the necessary studies and treatment.

How to prevent ear problems

Prevention is based on high-quality hygiene, not only of the ear, but also of the mouth, nose and throat.

Only use products and tools intended for ear cleaning:

  • Cotton swabs: with and without restraints
  • Q-tip alternative shell and the very initial parts of the ear canal.

    What to do if a sulfur plug has formed

    If a sulfur plug occurs, you can carefully try special phyto-candles to soften it.

    If there is no relief, go to the doctor – they use special drops to dissolve the cerumen and then wash the ear cavity with antiseptic solutions.

    To soften the cork before the procedure, you may need:

    What about compresses

    We do not recommend doing compresses at home, since it is initially necessary to determine the cause of the disease. If the doctor prescribes a compress, he will name the necessary drug, the method of application (put turundas in the ears or apply on the outer ear), and the duration of the procedure. Cotton wool or gauze can be purchased in advance:

    When you need ear drops

    Ear drops can be used for different purposes – antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory or analgesic. Drops with a combined action are common. Choose a drug from the list prescribed by your doctor. If it is not in the selection, we suggest that you familiarize yourself with the assortment on the website – for sure they will be in stock.

    How to deal with a fever

    If the body temperature rises above 38 degrees, adults are advised to remove the fever. NSAIDs known to all will come to the rescue:

    And when you need earplugs

    Earplugs are indispensable in many situations. And it’s not just about partner snoring (who should also contact an ENT doctor). In nature, earplugs will protect you from intruders in your ear canals, swimmers from water ingress and the risk of infection, swimmers in untested places from dirty water and everything in it.


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    • 1 How to quickly relieve ear pain: simple tips and recommendations
      • 1.1 Causes of ear pain
      • 1.2 Symptoms and manifestations of ear pain
      • 1.3 Danger of self-medication
        • 1.3.1 Why is self-medication dangerous?
        • 1.3.2 What problems can self-medication cause?
        • 1.3.3 How to avoid self-medication?
      • 1.4 How to properly examine the ear
      • 1.5 How can I relieve ear pain?
        • 1.5.1 Ways to relieve pain:
      • 1.6 Using traditional medicine to relieve ear pain
      • 1.7 Prevention of ear diseases
      • 1.8 How to reduce pain in children
        • 1. 8 .1 Apply warm compress
        • 1.8.2 Drops in ears
        • 1.8.3 Use of medicines
      • 1.9 What to do with purulent dressing in the ear?
        • 1.9.1 1. Do not self-medicate
        • 1.9.2 2. Apply compresses
        • 1.9.3 3. Do not touch dressing
        • 1.9.4 4. Take antibiotics
        • 1.9.5 5. Follow doctor’s advice
      • 1.10 Waiting time before seeing a doctor
      • 1.11 Major mistakes in the treatment of ear pain
        • 1.11.1 Mistake #1: Self-treatment
        • 1.11.2 Mistake #2: Incorrect use of drops
        • 1.11.3 Mistake #3: Ignoring symptoms
        • What causes for ear pain?
        • What symptoms may accompany ear pain?
        • What should I do if my ear starts to hurt?
        • How to understand that the ear is clogged with a gray nozzle?
        • What can cause otitis media?
        • How is otitis media treated?

What are the causes of ear pain and what measures should be taken to relieve pain and avoid complications: home treatments and the importance of visiting a doctor.

Appendicitis is an inflammation of the caecum that can lead to serious complications if not detected and treated promptly. Various factors, from nutrition to genetics, can trigger the development of this disease. However, while appendicitis can be unpredictable at times, there are a few common signs to look out for in order to prevent possible complications.

How to recognize the symptoms of appendicitis:

Pain in the right lower quadrant of the abdomen: Pain usually begins with mild pain around the abdomen or navel and then focuses in the right lower quadrant of the abdomen, just above the waistline. It can build up over time and be very strong, especially when moving around, coughing or sneezing. In addition, pain can be given in the right leg or in the right shoulder blade.

Nausea and vomiting: Other common symptoms of appendicitis are nausea, vomiting, and refusal to eat. Even if they don’t eat anything, patients may still experience vomiting.

Difficulty urinating: In some cases, appendicitis can cause painful or difficult urination.

What should I do if I have suspicious pain?

If you are experiencing pain in the lower abdomen and/or the symptoms listed, contact your healthcare provider for diagnosis and to avoid possible complications. An infected appendix can lead to peritonitis, which requires surgery and can be life-threatening.

Causes of ear pain

Ear pain can be caused by various causes. One of the most common causes is acute or chronic inflammation of the middle ear. Also, the disease can be caused by an inflammatory infection, which leads to tissue edema, impaired drainage, accumulation of mucus, and given the tight boundaries of the auricle, the ear can start to hurt a lot.

Another cause may be damage to the external auditory canal. Bacteria or fungi can enter the ear canal through contact with contaminated water or hide on the surface of hygiene-related items. When they begin to multiply, the ear canal becomes irritated and starts to hurt. The pain may be accompanied by itching and swelling.

  • Ear pain can also be caused by:
  • Ear injury.
  • Formation of superaural hematoma.
  • Mechanical damage.
  • Diseases of the nose and throat.
  • Wax plug in the auditory canal.

Treatment should be based on the cause of ear pain. Before starting any treatment, it is necessary to consult a doctor to identify the cause and apply the appropriate type of treatment.

Symptoms and manifestations of earache

Ear pain can have many causes, from a cold to an infection. It can manifest itself differently depending on the cause. For example, in the presence of inflammation of the ear, the pain may be sharp, throbbing, and accompanied by the release of purulent fluid.

If the doctor detects the presence of cerumen in case of earache, the symptoms will be different. The pain may be severe and outside sounds difficult to hear. The ear itself is perceived as complex and filled as if there is a cork inside.

  1. Symptoms of ear pain:
  2. Sharp, throbbing pain
  3. Discharge of purulent fluid
  4. Ear congestion
  5. Itching and aching in the ear
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  7. Severe pain with cerumen

Risk of self-medication

Why is self-medication dangerous?

Self-medication can be dangerous, not only because of the possible side effects of medications, but also because the symptoms of many diseases are very similar to each other. For example, ear pain can be a symptom of both a common cold and a serious inflammatory process in the auricle. Lack of proper diagnosis and treatment can lead to complications and irreversible consequences.

What problems can self-medication cause?

  • Wrong diagnosis and consequently wrong treatment;
  • Aggravation of symptoms or worsening of the disease;
  • Development of allergic reactions to drugs;
  • Development of drug dependence;
  • Drug overdose;
  • The development of side effects when using inappropriate drugs.

How to avoid self-medication?

In case of discomfort related to health, it is better to consult a doctor. Only a specialist can make the correct diagnosis and choose the right treatment. The doctor can also give advice on relieving symptoms before visiting a medical facility.

If for some reason it is not possible to see a doctor, it is better to use safe and proven methods, such as traditional medicine or increasing the dosage of vitamins and minerals. In any case, you should not play with your own health and risk your life for the sake of saving time, money or distrust of medical care.

How to properly examine the ear

If the ear hurts, then you need to examine it to determine the cause of the pain. You can usually do this on your own, but if necessary, you should consult a doctor.

Before examining the ear, wash your hands and dry them with a dry cloth. For inspection, you can use a mirror and a lighting lamp.

Examination of the tympanic membrane is needed to rule out damage to it, for this you need to look at its color and shape. If there is fluid behind the membrane, you can feel it “squeezing” against the side wall of the outer ear.

In the event of severe pain in the inner ear, seek immediate medical attention. He will conduct a detailed examination and prescribe the necessary treatment.

How to relieve ear pain?

Ways to relieve pain:

  • Body position – lying on the side where the ear does not hurt, helps to reduce pressure on the sore ear, and also helps to improve the flow of fluid from the ear.
  • Ear Treatment – Ear wash with saline solution and warm compresses to reduce swelling and relieve pain in the ear.
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medicines – medicines in the form of drops and tablets can reduce swelling and relieve pain in the ear.
  • Using folk remedies – The use of scientifically proven methods, such as applying onions to a sore ear, heating a salt bag, etc. , can also relieve ear pain.

If the pain does not go away after 2-3 days, you should immediately consult a doctor to determine the cause and treatment.

Using Traditional Medicine to Relieve Ear Pain

Aromatherapy. Some essential oils can help with ear pain. For example, tea tree oil is famous for its antimicrobial properties, which can kill bacteria and fungi that cause ear infections. Lavender oil can have both calming and anti-inflammatory effects. As a rule, a few drops of oil are brewed in an aroma lamp and the steam is breathed over for 10-15 minutes.

Compresses. One of the oldest ways to relieve ear pain is compresses. You can use hot or cold products for this. A cold compress can reduce inflammation and reduce swelling, while a hot compress can reduce pain. Usually, flaxseed or cotton is used, soaked in hot or cold water and applied to the ear for 20-30 minutes.

Folk remedies. Traditional medicine can also help with ear pain. For example, a decoction of St. John’s wort or calendula can be used as an anti-inflammatory agent. Walnut oil is also known for its soothing properties and can help with ear pain. However, before using any folk remedies, it is important to consult a doctor.

Prevention of ear diseases

Ear health is essential to prevent and protect against diseases. The following tips will help keep your ears in good condition:

  • Keep foreign objects out of your ears. Do not use sharp objects, sticks or other non-recommended tools to clean the ears.
  • Take care of your ears. Clean your ears with a soft cloth or sponge after showering or swimming. Do not overdo it with the depth of cleansing.
  • Avoid contact with contaminants. Wear hearing protection or earplugs if you work/live in an environment with noisy machinery, machinery, construction work or other sources of traumatic noise.
  • Do preventive research. Check your ears regularly, even if there is no pain or other problem. Monitor the health of your body and restore your general condition in a timely manner.

Taking the above precautions will help you avoid ear damage and long-term problems. If there is any change in hearing or pain/swelling, contact your dentist or hospital for observation and appropriate treatment.

How to reduce pain in children

Children often suffer from ear pain if they have ARVI or acute respiratory infections. Because of this, pain syndrome can reduce the quality of life of the child and cause anxiety in parents. But there are several ways that will reduce pain, alleviate the condition of the child and help him recover.

Apply a warm compress

Warm compresses can be used to relieve ear pain in children. To do this, heat the oil a little in a saucepan or in the microwave and add a few drops of spruce, laurel or rosemary essential oil to it. Then, the lotion should be applied to the sore ear and covered with a scarf or towel. The compress should not be too hot, so as not to cause a burn.

Ear drops

Special drops can be used to relieve ear pain in children. These can be homeopathic drops based on plant extracts, antibacterial ear drops, or drops based on anti-inflammatory ingredients. All such drops should be used only after consulting a doctor.

Medication use

Paracetamol or ibuprofen can be used for severe ear pain in children. However, you should not use them without consulting a doctor and clearly taking them in accordance with the instructions.

  • Warm compresses can help relieve ear pain in children;
  • There are special ear drops that will help relieve pain;
  • In case of severe pain, medications can be used after consulting a doctor.

What to do with purulent dressing in the ear?

1. Do not self-medicate

If purulent dressing appears in the ear, you should not try to treat it yourself. This can lead to worsening of the condition and the development of complications. You need to see an otorhinolaryngologist.

2. Apply compresses

Compresses based on chamomile, green tea, calendula or oak bark can be used to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. These products help to disinfect the ear and reduce swelling.

3. Do not touch the dressing

In case of purulent dressing, do not try to pick it up or open it yourself. This can lead to infection of other tissues or complicate the healing process. This can trigger dangerous infections that can lead to surgery.

4. Take antibiotics

If you have a purulent dressing, your doctor may prescribe a course of antibiotics to fight the infection causing the inflammation. This is necessary to prevent complications and speedy recovery.

5. Follow your doctor’s instructions

Your doctor may prescribe additional treatments, such as an ear antiseptic or a pus injection. It is necessary to follow all the recommendations of a specialist in order to quickly get rid of the problem.

Waiting time before seeing a doctor

If you have an earache, you want to find a way to relieve the pain quickly. However, before you start treatment, you need to find out how long you need to wait before a visit to the doctor.

If you have severe ear pain combined with a high body temperature, you should immediately contact an emergency doctor.

If you cannot make an appointment with Laura soon, you can visit a therapist. He will be able to prescribe treatment or recommend the right specialist. In any case, you should not delay the visit to the doctor, as worsening the condition can lead to serious consequences.

The main mistakes in the treatment of ear pain

Mistake #1: Self-treatment

One of the most common mistakes in the appearance of pain in the ear is the treatment without consulting a doctor. As a rule, ear pain may be associated with an infection or other disease, which will require appropriate treatment. Self-medication can only increase the risk of complications and aggravate the situation.

Error #2: Incorrect use of drops

Another common mistake is using ear drops unnecessarily or in violation of the instructions. Drops can provide quick pain relief, but misuse can lead to serious problems such as hearing loss or damage to the eardrum. Before using ear drops, be sure to read the instructions and consult your doctor.

Mistake #3: Ignoring symptoms

Another common mistake is ignoring the symptoms of an illness. If the ear hurts, it always needs attention. The disease can become serious if not treated in time. Even if the disease is not associated with an infection, immediate medical attention will help to avoid complications.

In general, if you develop earaches, you should definitely consult a specialist and avoid self-medication or misuse of drops, and do not ignore the symptoms. Only proper treatment and medical supervision will help you quickly and safely get rid of the disease and avoid possible complications.

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What causes earache?

Ear pain can be caused by a variety of causes: inflammation of the middle ear, obstruction of the outflow of fluid from the ear, damage to the eardrum, or the presence of a wax plug. Sometimes ear pain can occur against the background of an allergic reaction or even a toothache.

What symptoms can accompany ear pain?

A feeling of fullness in the ear, buzzing in the ears, fever, headache, nausea, dizziness, and hearing loss may be symptoms of ear pain.

What should I do if my ear starts to hurt?

If you have ear pain, see your doctor. He will diagnose and prescribe treatment. While you’re waiting for your doctor’s appointment, you can try to relieve the pain with antibiotics or pain ointments, warming your ear with warm water, or massage oil applications.