Earache is often caused by an ear infection. It's not usually serious and should get better in a few days.


If you have earache, you may also have other symptoms, like a high temperature or hearing loss. Earache can be harder to spot in young children.


Taking painkillers and placing a warm or cold flannel on your ear can help ease earache. You can also get treatments like eardrops from a pharmacy.


Common causes of earache include ear infections, a build-up of earwax in your ear and fluid in your ear (glue ear).

Page last reviewed: 06/08/2019
Next review due: 06/08/2022