Earache is a common problem, particularly in children. It can be worrying, but it's usually only caused by a minor infection and will often get better in a few days without treatment.

It's not always necessary to see your GP if you or your child have earache.


You should contact your GP or the 111 service if:

  • You or your child also has other symptoms, such as a high temperature (fever), vomiting, a severe sore throat, swelling around the ear, or discharge from the ear
  • There is something stuck in your or your child's ear
  • The earache doesn't improve within a few days


What can help?

There are some things you can try at home to help with the symptoms of earache.

To treat the pain, you can use over-the-counter pain killers such as paracetamol. Placing a warm flannel against the affected ear may also help relieve the pain. It is also important to avoid getting the affected ear wet.


More Information

For more information on earache, visit the NHS choices website by clicking the link below:


Content adapted from NHS Choices