Middle ear infections are deep within the ear. They are most common in young children and often start after a cold. The inner ear tubes get clogged, and bacteria starts to grow.
Call your doctor. Antibiotics can help. Treat the pain with ibuprofen or Tylenol®.
Outer ear infections are in the ear canals close to the outside of the ear. They happen when water or dirt gets trapped and bacteria starts to grow.
Call your doctor. Some doctors will want you to use over-the-counter "swimmer's ear" medicine. Others will want you to use prescription ear drops. Treat the pain with ibuprofen or Tylenol®. Avoid getting water in the ear until the infection is gone.
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