Your Ear Timeline

  • 1 - 2 days

    Earache usually comes on all of a sudden and the pain can be quite sharp. You may also have a high temperature. The severe pain doesn’t normally last more than a day or two.

    Usually, you do not need to see the doctor unless you have a discharge from your ear. Ask your pharmacist about over-the-counter medicines to help with the pain and any high temperature

  • Post initial pain

    After an ear infection your may still have fluid (liquid) behind your ear drum. This can last for several months. Your ear may feel uncomfortable, but it is more a dull, abnormal feeling than a nasty, sharp pain. The fluid may also cause a decrease in your hearing in that ear for a short while until the fluid is gone.

    Again, you usually do not need to see your doctor.  Your pharmacist can recommend over-the-counter pain relief to help with any pain.