Ear ache can be treated by analgesics (painkillers) or antibiotics. Analgesics are usually given to relieve the pain. Antibiotics, on the other hand, may be prescribed if an infection is the underlying cause of the ear ache. If antibiotic has been given, it should be taken until the bottle is empty or all the pills are gone. It is important to finish the medicine because it will keep the ear infection from flaring up again.
Acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin are examples of over-the-counter pain relievers, however, aspirin should not be given to anyone under 18.
Other products have also been manufactured by pharmaceutical companies to relieve ear aches, these include Hyland's Earache Drops and Prestige Murine Homeopathic Ear Drops for Earache Relief. Hyland's Earache Drops work directly to relieve the pain, itch and congestion associated with swimmer's ear or otitis externa (an inflammation of the outer ear and ear canal). Prestige Murine Homeopathic Ear Drops, on the other hand, offers temporary relief from earache.
If you don't like taking medicine for an ear ache, the best thing that you can do is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. To prevent ear aches, avoid putting things into your ears that can cause damage to your eardrum, avoid smoking for it can increase your risk of infection and wear earplugs when swimming.