Ear infections can happen to anyone, but they occur more commonly in children than in adults. More than just a buildup of wax, an ear infection is most often inflammation of the middle ear. It is sometimes known as otitis media and is caused by bacteria or a virus and is usually present after a cold or flu. Inflammation of the eustachian tube causes a significant amount of pressure and pain, sometimes resulting in leakage of fluid from the ear. Sometimes an ear infection can even lead to a ruptured eardrum, which takes much longer to heal than the infection. Here are some excellent remedies, both medical and natural, that may help relieve and eliminate and ear infection.
An ear infection usually will go away after 24 to 48 hours. However, if an ear infection is not getting better after 2 to 3 days, talk with your doctor about a course of antibiotics. If the infection is quite severe, or if it has progressively been getting worse since it first came on, the doctor may put you on antibiotics immediately. Hearing loss and pressure are also telltale signs you should see a doctor about your earache. Antibiotics for children may cause many side effects, both short and long-term.