“How is an ear infection treated?”

Treatment depends on the type of infection.

If it is a bacterial infection, your health care provider may prescribe antibiotic pills or drops. If it is a viral infection, it may have to run its course. However, an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen, can provide relief.

More serious and frequent ear infections may require drainage tubes.

This information is meant for educational purposes. If you are experiencing an emergency please dial 911. Consult a trained medical provider when making health decisions.