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Can you treat an ear infection at home?

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While research that says home remedies work for ear pain is scarce, most doctors agree these treatments are safe to try at home. Still, before you do, it's a good idea to talk with your doctor.

Mayo Clinic: “Ear Infection (Middle Ear).”

National Institutes of Health: “Quick Statistics About Hearing.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “The Diagnosis and Management of Acute Otitis Media,” " Complementary, Holistic, and Integrative Medicine: Therapies for Acute Otitis Media."

Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine: “Efficacy of naturopathic extracts in the management of ear pain associated with acute otitis media.”

AARP Health: "Earache."

Health Guidance: "How to Treat an Earache Using Home Remedies."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on March 26, 2019

Mayo Clinic: “Ear Infection (Middle Ear).”

National Institutes of Health: “Quick Statistics About Hearing.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “The Diagnosis and Management of Acute Otitis Media,” " Complementary, Holistic, and Integrative Medicine: Therapies for Acute Otitis Media."

Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine: “Efficacy of naturopathic extracts in the management of ear pain associated with acute otitis media.”

AARP Health: "Earache."

Health Guidance: "How to Treat an Earache Using Home Remedies."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on March 26, 2019

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