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Home Remedies for an Earache
Earaches can be painful!
Home Remedies for Earaches!
Earaches are one of the most common medical problems in the world. Especially common with young children and swimmers, earaches occur quite frequently. We don't give much thought to earaches until you or your child has one that causes a lot of pain and loss of sleep.
There is a whole host of reasons that can cause an earache, form trapped moisture in the ear canal, to ear injuries, allergies that affect the head or neck, or infections due to bateria, fungus, or viruses. Although rarely is an earache life threatening, they can still be serious and result in hearing loss and death in some instances of severe infection. That is why getting a medical professional to examine, diagnose, and treat as soon as possible is recommended in most cases, especially for young children.
These articles are not meant to replace a doctor's medical care, but to help with relief until medical professional care can be obtained. Since most earaches seem to attack in the middle of the night or out far away from medical facilities: such as a camping or rafting trip. There are a few home remedies you can use that can bring relief.
When a young child has an earache, look for extreme fussiness, pulling or holding the ear, as well as redness or swelling. Other symptoms include excessive crying, vomiting, nausea, or fever. Infections are one of the foremost causes of earaches or a blocking of eustachian tube that causes pressure to build up in the inner ear and cause pain. This can be as simple as water in the ear or pressure from an airplane trip. Some of these are fixed as simply as chewing gum or repeatedly swallowing.
When these don't work, and there is swelling or redness, other home remedies can be tried that have often been effective. One simple method is to have the person turn his head to the side while allowing a few drops of hydrogen peroxide into the ear canal. This being the first one that we chose to use having hydrogen peroxide readily available. My wife administered several drops into my ear, after having woke-up with a severe earache that appeared to be infected with pain and swelling.
After a third time with 2-3 drops of hydrogen peroxide throughout the day, the pain was almost non-existent and the swelling appeared much better. Although, at this point the earache had subsided completely, the ear canal seemed somewhat dry. My wife then applied 2-3 drops of the virgin olive oil, which lubricated the ear and by the following morning all symptoms of an earache had subsided.
The hydrogen peroxide seems to bubble away the infection or blockage, and brought almost immediate relief, much to my amazement. Aparrently this home remedy has been around for some time, being administered by mothers to their families, when doctors weren't as available. The results were good, although temporary, as the infection and pain returned a day later for both of these home remedies.
There are other recommended earache home remedies that include using a couple drops of olive oil, tea tree oil, mineral oil, and even garlic, basil, mango leaves, or onion. All the oils are administered the same as above, with 2-3 drops into the ear canal several times a day for relief of pressure and pain.
The garlic remedy entails slicing off half a clove of garlic, wrap in a clean cotton ball, soak in alcohol and squeeze firmly until 2-3 drops fall into the ear canal. Although, I didn't try this one at first, it was next on my list, since we always have cloves of garlic handy. After administering several drops of galic from an alcohol soaked cotton ball for two days in a row the earache and infection cleared up entirely, saving me a doctor's visit altogether.
Also I've have had good experiences with garlic remedies for treatment of boils, stap infection, and an infected tooth. It's ability to reduce infections are nothing short of amazing.( Other hubs to follow on these particular methods of treatment using garlic.)
The basil, onion, and mango leaves are to be squeezed over the ear until juices drop into the ear, so I assume these are to be fresh to allow drops of juice to be squeezed out and into the ear canal. Pleas, let me know of these or other natural or home remedies that you have used with success!
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