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An earache can develop from inflammation of the outer, middle or inner ear and is often cause by an infection when you have a cold or flu. Your ear can become painful if an object is stuck in the ear canal. Pain from a tooth, such as an abscess can also cause an earache.

An earache can cause temporary hearing loss and infection can cause pus to gather in the middle of the ear, causing the eardrum to rupture.

What to do

  • 1. If someone is suffering from an earache recommend that they take a dose of paracetamol.
  • 2. Give them a source of heat that they can hold against the affected area.
  • 3. Advise the casualty to seek medical advice if they have discharge coming from the ear, hearing loss or fever.

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