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What Causes An Earache?

Earaches are usually caused by a blockage of ear wax in the ear canal of the middle ear or by a virus such as a cold. Often a person suffering from an earache will feel one or more of these symptoms:1

  • A dull earache
  • A sharp ear-pain
  • A burning earache

These symptoms will go away if you are suffering from a cold.1

Earache Treatment

WAXSOL® is one treatment that may deliver effective relief from earaches associated with ear wax build up.

Simply use the dropper to fill the ear canal with WAXSOL®. The solution works to soften the hardened ear wax while you sleep. If your earache is not caused by ear wax, speak to your pharmacist or doctor about other options which may include:2 

  • Paracetamol or other pain-relieving medications
  • Antibiotics with steroid or antibacterial qualities
  • Placing a hot or cold pack on the affected ear
  • Sitting upright can reduce the pressure in the ear

Telling An Earache from A Cold

If you are suffering from a cold or flu, an earache may develop because the virus has infected the middle or inner ear. When this happens, fluid becomes trapped in the ear canal and puts pressure on the eardrum, causing it to become inflamed, clinically known as otitis media. Often the pain of an earache will go away as the cold goes away.1

Diagnosis Of An Earache

If you continue to experience pain in the ear, it is recommended that you visit your doctor who will look into your ear with an instrument called an otoscope.

1. Everyday Health. Earache: Is it a cold or an ear infection? 2017. [Accessed December 2019].
2. Southern Cross Medical Library. Earache - causes, treatment February 2019. [Accessed December 2019].