Most ear infections cure themselves without the help of antibiotics. An ear infection is a bacterial or viral infection that affects the ear. It becomes painful when buildups of fluid and inflammation occur in the air-filled space behind the eardrum, says Leanna Munoz, Mayo Clinic Health System nurse practitioner.
Should you always treat an ear infection?
Antibiotics are often not needed for middle ear infections because the bodys immune system can fight off the infection on its own. However, sometimes antibiotics, such as amoxicillin, are needed to treat severe cases right away or cases that last longer than 2–3 days.
How do you get rid of an earache fast?
Here are 15 remedies for reducing earache.Ice pack. Share on Pinterest An ice pack held to the ear may help to reduce potential inflammation. Garlic. Garlic is a natural remedy for earache that has been used for thousands of years. Heating pad. Ear drops. Pain relievers. Sleep in an upright position. Chew gum. Distraction. •Jun 30, 2021