Earache is a common problem, particularly in children. It can be worrying, but it’s usually only caused by a minor infection and will often get better in a few days without treatment.
Earache can be a sharp, dull or burning ear pain that comes and goes or is constant. One or both ears may be affected.An ear infection occurs when a bacterial or viral infection affects the middle ear – the sections of your ear just behind the eardrum. Ear infections can be painful because of inflammation and fluid build up in the middle ear.Ear infections can be chronic or acute. Acute ear infections are painful but short in duration.Chronic ear infections do not clear up, or they recur many times.
If you care for children, you likely know already how often they come down with earaches. Adults get them, too, but youngsters have them much more often. That’s because they don’t fight off viruses and bacteria as well, and their little ears aren’t good at draining fluids yet.
An ear infection usually is caused by bacteria and often begins after a child has a sore throat, cold, or other upper respiratory infection. If the upper respiratory infection is bacterial, these same bacteria may spread to the middle ear; if the upper respiratory infection is caused by a virus, such as a cold, bacteria may be drawn to the microbe-friendly environment and move into the middle ear as a secondary infection. Because of the infection, fluid builds up behind the eardrum.
Here are the few home remedies for earaches.
- Olive Oil
Olive oil, when applied on the ear, helps to decrease the irritation in the outer and inner ear to ease the pain. It helps to open up the Eustachian tubes and reduces the infection. It soothes the walls of the outer ear and provides a layer of protection against bacteria or any other infections.
Garlic has anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-oxidizing properties that helps to treat the bacterial action on the ear that causes ear infection. It also helps to reduce the ear swelling, pain and infection.It contains allicin, an anti-microbial property that works against the infection and pain in the inner ear.It contains powerful aromatic compounds, which have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that are easily absorbed through the skin and the eardrum into inner ear surrounding tissues.
Though it sounds odd and the science on “natural” ear infection treatments is inconclusive at best, many parents insist that an onion and its juice can work pretty well at relieving pain from an earache.
Over-the-counter pain relievers will usually be enough to control pain. Examples include acetaminophen, ibuprofen and naproxen. Resting the infected ear on a warm (not hot) heating pad can provide some relief. For a blocked Eustachian tube, drugs commonly used include decongestants and antihistamines.
- Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
To get rid of the fungus that may be causing the ear infection, apple cider vinegar is a good option. Mix one part apple cider vinegarwith an equal amount of water or alcohol. Soak a cotton ball in the solution. Put the cotton ball in your ear like a plug and leave it for about five minutes.
The healing performance of ginger for ear infection is very good in healing strategy without any artificial medication. Ear infection is one of the common types of infections which is mostly caused by improper ear cleaning habits or formation of boil in the ear area.It can also be caused by cold weather condition or by insects.
- Hydrogen Peroxide
It works because the effervescence reaction will help loosen trapped particles in the ear, making them easier to remove and prevent infection. Here are the detailed steps: To use hydrogen peroxide to treat an ear infection, begin by placing two or three drops of the solution into your ear canal.
It is a great idea to put a few drops of basil, lavender and/or melaleuca into a piece of a cotton ball and gently insert into the ear. The vapors are potent enough to get the job done.
- Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil Rub. Mix 3 drops tea tree oil with 1 tablespoon of warm water or olive oil. Use fingertips to rub this solution on the back of the ear. Apply regularly to get rid of ear infection.
- Bishop’s Weed
Also known as ajwain, Bishop’s weed is another great earache relief remedy because of its great antimicrobial and antiseptic properties.