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How can I relieve ear infection pain?

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Your doctor may recommend a pain reliever, typically acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), which also helps with a fever. Children shouldn't take aspirin because of the threat of Reye's syndrome, a rare condition that can cause swelling in the brain or liver. Pain can also be eased with low heat from a heating pad. Be careful using a heating pad with children.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Risk Factors,” “Causes,” “Diagnosis,” “Treatments,” “Reye’s syndrome,” “Antibiotic Therapy.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery: “Ear Tubes.”
Academy of American Family Physicians.
Merck.
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

Mount Sinai Hospital: “Myringotomy.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Eustachian Tube Dysfunction.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 12, 2020

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Risk Factors,” “Causes,” “Diagnosis,” “Treatments,” “Reye’s syndrome,” “Antibiotic Therapy.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery: “Ear Tubes.”
Academy of American Family Physicians.
Merck.
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

Mount Sinai Hospital: “Myringotomy.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Eustachian Tube Dysfunction.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 12, 2020

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