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What can be done at home to treat outer ear infections?

Applying a warm compress to the affected ear, or medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, may help to relieve any pain. In cases where a discharge is causing discomfort, cleaning the outer ear gently with cotton wool may help to keep the area clean. However, leaving cotton wool in the ear or inserting a cotton bud into the ear is not recommended. This can damage the skin and push debris further into the ear.

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Author: Lauren Donley BSc (Hons)
First answered: 05 Dec 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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