Middle Ear Infection (Otitis Media) Care Plan

By David Morley, MD
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October 13, 2020

See a doctor in person if…

You develop swelling in your face, pain behind your ear or in the back of your head, worsening ear pain despite treatment, persistent fevers or changes in your hearing

Check-in with K Health if…

You’re not feeling better within 3-4 days, come back and we will re-evaluate your treatment plan

What is a middle ear infection?

The middle ear is the air-filled space behind the eardrum. It holds the ear’s tiny vibrating bones. A middle ear infection is caused by bacteria and viruses and is very common in children. Typically, a middle ear infection is caused by bacteria or viruses. The majority of infections are caused by viruses.

Read more about ear infections

Over-the-counter medication

  • Experiencing pain or fever? Take 400mg of ibuprofen or 650mg of acetaminophen every 6 hours with food, as needed

Home remedies

  • Do not put anything in your ear except for ear drops (if prescribed)

K Health articles are all written and reviewed by MDs, PhDs, NPs, or PharmDs and are for informational purposes only. This information does not constitute and should not be relied on for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment.

David Morley, MD

Dr. Morley specializes in emergency medicine and received his medical degree from the Sackler School of Medicine in New York City. He completed his residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.