Earache Treatment Specialist Q&A
Earaches can occur for many reasons and if the pain doesn’t go away in a few days, then book an appointment or walk-in to Minit Medical near Kihei, HI. We are here so you can see a doctor right away. For more information, please call us or book an appointment. We have convenient locations to serve you in Kahului HI, Kihei HI, and Lahaina HI.
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An earache can be a dull, sharp, or burning ear pain, with one or both ears affected. If your ear pain is severe and doesn’t go away in a few days with home treatment, or comes with a sore throat, fever, rash, then see a doctor right away. If you have an earache, our team at Minit Medical is open 7 days a week, so call or walk-in to see one of our doctors who will provide the best treatment.
Earaches, also known as ear infections, are commonly associated with a cold or flu, and these upper respiratory infections typically lead to fluid build-up in the ear. There are many ways to get rid of an earache fast. Some doctors recommend using a warm compress that will help ease discomfort and help loosen congestion. All you need to create a compress is a washcloth soaked in warm water; wring out the excess water, fold it, and place it on the ear for about 15 minutes. Make sure you do not use extremely hot water on the cloth as it could burn or hurt your ear. Also, a towel with a warmed gel pack also works effectively in treating an earache. Here are some other tips for home remedies: utilize steam from a dehumidifier; take a hot shower; sleep upright to drain fluid and reduce pain; gargle with saltwater to heal a sore throat associated with an earache, or try essential oils in your ear as they help kill bacteria and prevent viruses from reproducing. Most earaches will go away in about 72 hours, but if your earache persists, or your symptoms worsen, then it is time to see a doctor.
Home treatments work, however, the best treatment for serious cases involves prescription eardrops, which can also treat pain symptoms. Drugs, like ibuprofen (Advil) and acetaminophen (Tylenol) will help with infections and will help treat pain that is associated with inflammation. Then there is decongestants or antihistamines, such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) or pseudoephedrine (Sudafed), that will also help earache symptoms and are available for over-the-counter purchase. Non-prescription eardrops are also helpful, especially in treating cases of swimmer’s ear. It is also important to follow simple everyday hygiene and lifestyle choices that will help prevent earaches. Quitting smoking is a big one as cigarettes cause ear and upper respiratory infections. Regular hand-washing every 30 minutes for no less than 30 seconds will prevent the spread of germs. And for those with allergies should avoid their allergy triggers to reduce inflammation and mucus build-up. The best person to consult however is your doctor, who will help treat your earache and they will also suggest prevention tips that will help you avoid getting earaches in the future.
While ear infections are common more so among children and pass quickly, adult ear infections might be signs of a more serious health problem, like ear cancer, or nasopharyngeal cancer, which is rare. Then let’s explore issues involving the inner, middle, and outer ear. An inner-ear infection might be a result of inflammation, and middle ear-infection is cause by fluids trapped behind your eardrum, and an outer ear-infection are caused by bacterial infections. Additionally, tooth cavities, abscesses, and impacted molars will cause ear pain, and so will TMJ (the temporomandibular joint) pain, and your doctor will assess possible causes and guide you on the right treatment.
There are some key signs that will tell you if your ear pain is serious: Sticky or bloody discharge in the ear; nose blowing that results in ear pain; infection in the ear with a low fever; minor hearing loss, or ringing in the ears/or dizziness; and pain that worsens in 24 to 48 hours. You should see an urgent care provider if you have these symptoms; and should go to the ER if you have a stiff neck, high fever, vomiting or nausea, or severe drowsiness.
Minit Medical has a leading team of doctors and healthcare specialists who will help treat your earaches. We serve patients from Lahaina HI, Kahului HI, Kihei HI, Launiupoko HI, Olowalu Hi, Wailuku HI, Kula HI, Makawao HI, Paia HI, Wailea HI, Haiku HI and Waihee-Waiehu HI.