Ear infectionsOverview


Ear infections are infections that affect the outer ear or inside the ear.


The main symptoms of an ear infection include an earache, difficulty hearing and a feeling of pressure or fullness in your ear.


Ear infections often get better in a few days. Painkillers and holding a warm or cold flannel to your ear can help. Sometimes medicines may be needed.


You can help avoid ear infections by not getting water in your ears and not putting cotton wool buds or your fingers in your ears.

Page last reviewed: 01/05/2018
Next review due: 01/05/2021