In addition, nasal congestion or nausea may accompany or precede an ear infection, but are not necessarily symptoms of it.
To self-treat swimmer’s ear or a mild ear infection:
- Gently rinse the ear canal out with warm saline solution
- or a solution made of half white vinegar and half warm water
This can help dry out the ear canal and target bacteria.
To ease pain, you can apply a warm washcloth over the ear, and take NSAIDs, such as aspirin or ibuprofen.
If you’re experiencing pain, or self-treatment has been ineffective, please visit us at Premier Urgent Care, where a doctor can provide you with medication, such as antibiotic ear drops, to provide fast relief.
If you or your family member is experiencing severe swelling, significant hearing loss, dizziness, or trouble breathing, PLEASE CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY.