Ear infectionsOverview

overview

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

symptoms

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

treatments_overview

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.

prevention

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