If you have a
ruptured eardrum, you will likely need to see your doctor to treat the infection or injury that caused the rupture. A ruptured eardrum usually drains suddenly and leaks fluid that can look like pus, smell bad, or even be bloody.
If you do not have a ruptured eardrum, you may be able to relieve your ear
Gently rinse the ear using a bulb syringe and
warm saline solution or a half-and-half solution of white vinegar and warm
water. Make sure the flushing solution is body temperature. Inserting cool or
hot fluids in the ear may cause dizziness.
If your ear is itchy, try nonprescription swimmer's
eardrops, such as Star-Otic or Swim-Ear. Use them before and after swimming or
getting your ears wet.
To ease ear
pain, apply a warm washcloth or a heating pad set on low. There may be some
drainage when the heat melts earwax. For more information about earwax removal,
see the topic
Do not use a heating pad when you are in bed.
You may fall asleep and burn yourself.
Do not use a heating pad on
Do not use ear candles. They
have no proven benefit in the removal of earwax or other objects in the ear and
can cause serious injury.