Earache -Treatments, Natural Remedies and Cures
The Dreaded Earache
An earache can happen at anytime in life and can be caused by many issues and conditions from an infection, wax build up or even getting water in the ear canal. Most earaches are caused from the eustachian tubes getting plugged or clogged. These tubes go from the back of the throat to the middle ear. This is the case for both adults and children. The earache is made worse by a sinus infection, allergy or cold.
Are Earaches Worse at Night ?
If it seems that earaches are worse at night, it's because they really are. You see, during the day you are sitting, walking or standing which allows your Eustachian tubes to drain freely and naturally into the back of your throat When you chew and swallow, the muscles of the Eustachian tubes contract, opening them and allowing air into the middle ear.
But as you sleep, it's a whole different story, because you are laying the tube can not freely drain and become clogged once again. For that reason, plus the fact that you don't swallow as much when you sleep the tubes are not getting as much air into the middle ear. The air that is already in the middle ear is absorbed . This causes a vacuum effect, sucking the eardrum inward and can produce severe pain and a burning sensation.
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Other Causes For an Earache
Other causes for an earache can include; infections, pressure change from air travel, diving, swimming and getting water in the ears which can also cause a condition sometimes referred to as swimmers ear. Even unusual things like hair clippings from a hair cut can fall into the ear canal causing an earache. And let's not forget the traveling pain, sometimes called referred pain and is triggered by a problem that is located somewhere else such as in your throat, jaw, tonsils or teeth and can cause an earache.
There is Help
There are some things you can do to help alleviate the pain until you are able to see a doctor. If you prefer to try natural treatments and /or home remedies, I am listing some of the best that I have collected through the years, including some old folk remedies that were passed down to me. It is my hope that some of the simple remedies, methods and information will be useful to you and maybe even save you a trip to your doctor or emergency room .
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Try some simple steps first
1. Wiggle your outer ear. If there is no pain when you do this, then the problem is probably in the middle ear. If there is pain when you preform this action, then the problem is probably with the outer ear canal.
2. Sit or stand upright for a few minutes to see if this will stop the pain. As you are upright the Eustachian tubes can once again drain freely. Swallowing more often can also help ease the pain.
3. Chew on a piece of gum. The muscles used from chewing the gum will open the Eustachian tubes.
4. Yawn. Yawning moves the muscle that opens the Eustachian tube. This works even better than chewing gum.
5. Using a hand held hair dryer and with the setting on low, hold the hair dryer about 12" - 14" from the ear and let it blow into the hurting ear for about a minute or two.
Still in Pain? Try the Remedies Below
1. My personal favorite. I have used this remedy many times on myself, my children and friends through the years and it has worked to alleviate the pain quite well.
Directions: Using mineral oil; place the bottle into a bowl or pot of warm water. Allow it to warm to body temperature. Lay on your side with the hurting ear up. Then place 2 drops into the ear that is causing you pain. Stay in that position for a couple of minutes. Then rise and allow the oil to drain, wiping excess away with a paper towel or napkin.
Just a note: (I have used olive oil instead of mineral oil at times and it worked just as well.)
2. Take a raw peeled garlic clove. Coat it in olive oil and place on outer ear. This may sting a little and have a strong odor but it works. Garlic is also a natural antibiotic and can help with infection if present.
3. Steam a small onion with the skin on. Using a potholder, hold the onion over a small bowl or cup. Puncture the onion with the tip end of a sharp knife and allow the juice to drip into the container. Add a couple drops of oil (olive oil, glycerin, mineral or even vegetable oil in a pinch). Let cool to room temperature and drop a couple of drops in affected ear.
4. In a small pan, add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of oil. Stir to mix. Heat for a moment. Allow to cool to room temperature then strain through a cloth. Drop a couple of drops into the ear.
5. Although I have never tried this remedy myself, I have family members that have used this for years and proclaim it works every time.
It's called ear candling. It is a method that is used to draw out toxins and remove excess ear wax. Note: You can purchase the ear candling cones at Walmart or on line at EBay and various other places.
1. Follow package directions.
Below is a video that will show you exactly how this procedure is done.
Ear Candling Demonstration
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