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Home Remedies for Earache - Important Tips

Updated on August 21, 2011

Earache is a common disease that can occur both in children and adults, it may cause sharp tingling, dull or throbbing pains in the ear. Generally speaking, adults are less likely to suffer from earaches compared to children. Both the infection of the ear canal or the middle ear can cause earache. Usually, when you are having pains pulling the outer ear, it is most likely that you are having infection in the ear canal.

There are two types of ear canal infections: one is local infection such as boils and abscesses, the other is comprehensive infection, which affects the entire outer ear canal. Infections often occur after swimming, children and teenagers are more susceptible to this type of ear infection. Signs of such an infection is easy to be recognized, after swimming, you sometimes will experience an itching or pain in your ear, with yellow fluids flowing out of the ear canal. It is a common disease, however, if not treated timely, it will affects cartilage and bone under the skin.

Colds and nasal congestions can also result in earache. However, severe earaches are usually the results of "acute middle ear infection" (or acute otitis media). Acute otitis media is an infection usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection of the middle ear. The disease is often due to the spread of infection from nose and throat to the middle ear. You will usually experience a sense of fullness in the ear canal because of excess fluid produced. Somtimes the disease is followed by a sharp tingling pain, or a burst eardrum if the infection is caused by bacteria. You should see a doctor as soon as possible for timely treatment.

Air pressure changes may also hurt your middle ear. Under normal circumstances, the air enters into the middle ear through the eustachian tube, or auditory tube, the eustachian tube allows the air pressure in the middle ear to match the air pressure in the outer ear. In the event of a great imbalance of ear pressure, the eardrum will suffer serious injuries due to high pressure, which is called barotrauma. Barotrauma frequently occurs in people who is suffering from nasopharyngeal infection while travelling on a plane. They will have moderate to strong ear pains, or even hearing loss in a short peirod of time. However, these symptoms usually dissapear in 3 to 5 hours.Gum or teeth diseases such as caries teeth can also cause ear pains. 

For those who are suffering from an earache, here are some home remedy tips to help relieve the pain:

Sitting posture can help to open the eustachian tube which contributes to the elimination of swelling ear canal. Sleep on a higher pillow will facilitate openning of the eustachian tube too. Swallowing can also help to relieve pains.

Want to know whether you are having otitis media? Hold your ears and shake a while, if you don’t feel any pain, the the problem should be in the middle ear, the other hand, the infection may occurs in the ear canal.

Heat baby oil in warm water with temperature about 37 Degrees Celsius, then get one drop of oil into the ear, this can reduce the ear pain. But you should be very careful not to drop any oil into the ear if you suspect ear drum rupture.

Chewing gum helps to open up the eustachian tube and balance the ear pressure.

Do not sleep when the plane are landing because you can not consciously swallow to keep up with changes in air pressure and this may cause ear discomfort.

Avoid using ultra-tight swimming ear plug or diving suit, so as not to impede the balance of pressure.

Try some medicines that temporarily relieve ear pain.


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