How do I reduce swelling in my ear canal?
The typical treatment for a swollen ear canal involves antibiotic ear drops. If you have a fungal infection, your doctor will usually prescribe antifungal ear drops.
How do you know if ear pain is serious?
You should consider seeking emergency care if you experience the following symptoms with ear pain:
- Stiff neck.
- Severe drowsiness.
- Nausea and/or vomiting.
- High fever.
- A recent blow to the ear or recent head trauma.
What is the cure for ear pain?
To reduce ear pain, your doctor may recommend over-the-counter (OTC) drugs such as Tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin). Your doctor may also recommend OTC ear drops to relieve the pain, but these should never be used if there’s a chance the eardrum has ruptured.
What is an inflammation of the middle ear called?
Otitis media is an infection of the middle ear that causes inflammation (redness and swelling) and a build-up of fluid behind the eardrum.
How do I know if my ear infection has spread?
If you have symptoms of an ear infection, your doctor will examine your ears and head to determine if the infection has spread to your mastoid bone….These include:
- a white blood cell count to confirm the presence of an infection.
- a CT scan of your ear and head.
- an MRI scan of your ear and head.
- an X-ray of your skull.
Why would the inside of my ear be swollen?
Ear swelling can be caused by trauma, like from getting hit in the ear by a ball or even getting your ears pierced. Some medical conditions, like an ear infection, can cause your ears to swell. If the swelling is uncomfortable, using ice or heat, on and off, can reduce swelling and lessen pain.
How long does an inflamed eardrum take to heal?
Typically, no specific treatment is needed for a ruptured eardrum; the vast majority of ruptured eardrums heal within three months. Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic — either oral or in the form of eardrops — to prevent an ear infection or treat an existing infection.