Symptoms. This is simply neuralgia of the ear, and comes on in fits of excruciating pain, which shoots over the head and face. It may be distinguished from inflammation of the ear by the suddenness and intensity of the pain; by its not throbbing, not increasing in intensity, not being attended by fever, and not coming and going without apparent cause.
Treatment. Fill or remove all rotten teeth, which may be suspected as the cause of the suffering. Give iron, particularly the citrate combined with strychnine (316).
Any hot application will be found to relieve this painful affection without resort to the use of articles more or less dirty that were formerly used. A hot water bottle, hot salt bags, hops steeped in hot water and placed in a bag, or syringing out the ear with very hot water for ten or fifteen minutes, will many times give relief. Heating a small quantity of equal parts of olive oil and laudanum in an iron spoon and pouring two or three drops into the ear, then covering by cotton, is a good remedy.
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