It’s the worst of the worst; an ear infection ruins anyone’s day, let alone month, when untreated. From constant ringing to growing irritants, it’s important to listen to your body and begin treating it accordingly. Alpine Ear Nose & Throat is here to help with how you should handle an ear infection properly. Check out all of our hearing resources today!
Hot & Cold Compress
Because so many ear infections are linked to other developing cold or flulike infections, it’s important to execute a hot or cold compress on your ears, sometimes both! Because of this common link, a warm compress will help loosen any congestion while alleviating feelings of discomfort. Soak a washcloth in warm water for this simple execution and place it on any affected area for 10 to 15 minutes each. A cold compress is less comfortable but serves as an alternative method should the hot compress not give you the desired results.
While the recommendations from your doctor will vary depending on the symptoms and situation, there are common over-the-counter medications that are made to help treat your ear infection pain. Standard feel-better medicine is a strong default to try first, such as Tylenol and Ibuprofen. If you need a more potent treatment, topical anesthetic drops will quickly numb your ears to alleviate your pain. Regardless, you can always contact us should you not find any immediate relief solutions.
Bad sleeping posture doesn’t just affect your joints and body aches, but your ears as well. If you have a current ear infection, make sure to sleep on the side that doesn’t have it. If both ears are infected, make sure to elevate your head well enough while sleeping faceup.
Consult a Professional
If all of these remedies prove to be ineffective, it’s best to consult a professional to get these symptoms treated. An audiologist, aka an ear doctor, is the type of doctor you’ll want to see. They will know the steps needed to treat and care for any ear infection properly.
Get the best help for your ears possible with these tips courtesy of Alpine Ear Nose & Throat. With locations in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Greeley, Colorado, and a location in Cheyenne, Wyoming, we look forward to helping you and others every day. Schedule an appointment today!