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Home Remedy for Earache

Updated on June 29, 2011

What Causes Earaches?

Earache is a typical condition most often seen in kids instead of adults.  A home remedy for earache is often frantically sought by parents seeing their little ones in pain. A few factors contributing to earaches tend to be common colds, contact with continuous noisy sounds, and air pressure variations, such as while flying. Earache ranges from a minor discomfort to severe pain and in some cases leads to pus development.

With this specific affliction, your Eustachian tubes, which go from the rear of the throat towards the eardrum, become blocked due to fluids building up within the Eustachian tubes. The fluid often will become infected. It accumulates in the rear of the eardrum and then puts pressure within the ear canal. The stuffed up Eustachian tubes can't manage the pressure or fluids within the ear. The greater amount of fluid develops, the more pressure and pain. It's an aggravating problem and happens more at night making you lose sleep due to the discomfort. The reason being because an individual lessens use of the throat muscles at nighttime. Therefore, Eustachian tubes end up getting stuffed up and there's much more soreness.

Even so, this is often handled using natural home remedies you can take by yourself from home to relieve the discomfort brought on by an ear ache. Discover ways to remedy earache by natural means. You should have at least some of the items necessary for at least one home remedy for earache below.

Should you be suffering from ear soreness and/or discharge from the ear, you need to get in touch with your own doctor. When you have an ear infection, a physician will probably recommend prescription antibiotics to help  get rid of the infection. Even while prescription antibiotic medication will take care of the infection which is creating the discomfort, there are a few things you can do by yourself to obtain momentary pain relief from earaches.

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When the earache is because of traveling by air, eat some food or candy, or chew some gum. Working the throat muscles will usually help get rid of these types of earaches.

Get a blow dryer or a heating pad and use the warm setting. Using the high heat setting can cause burns. Position the hair dryer slightly away from the ear to let the heated air blow within the ear canal. Don't use the hair dryer for longer than three to five minutes. If you choose a heating pad, switch it to warm and place the aching ear over the heating pad. Hot air from the blow dryer as well as heat in the heating pad can relieve the earache.

Many people recommend old-fasioned remedies for earaches such as this: Heat up an oven-safe plate. Wrap it inside a soft towel, and then rest the painful ear upon it. The dish needs to be cozy and soothing, not too hot.

The best pain reducer is warm heat surrounding the ear. A heated hand towel wrung out with hot water and pressed towards the ear brings the best quick pain relief. Soak the actual towel again when it cools and apply it as frequently as you may need to for earache relief, even if you are receiving treatment for an  infection.

Try out a heated, liquid cushion. Use a hot water bottle and place it inside a soft towel. This creates a soothing pillow for a painful earache.  Use the towel like a pillow by putting the painful ear upon it. Once more, heat in the hot water bottle can relieve pain in the ear. If you want something more convenient, it is possible to buy a small hot water bottle which is designed to fit directly on the ear.

Yet another earache relief option: Try a multi-purpose first-aid gel pack which you can heat up with hot water or using a microwave oven. Make certain the gel pack isn't too hot, and then put it right over the ear and it should cause quick relief from an earache.

A grownup having a cold or temperature who gets ear discomfort may take pain killers. Kids with earaches should not be offered aspirin, and different pain medications need a physician's approval.

Try placing several drops of olive oil or mineral oil inside the painful ear with an eye dropper. The oil can help relieve  discomfort. The oil will lubricate the ear and help eliminate itchiness associated with ear infections.  Heat the oil by simply placing it in hot water for a couple of minutes. Be sure to check the temperature prior to using it in the ear canal. Check it on the wrist just like you would a newborn's bottle. It should feel slightly heated, but not hot. Use just use enough oil to be able to coat the interior of the ear. Lightly tug the outside of your ear to ensure it moves down into the ear canal. Don't try this technique with a perforated eardrum.

Put a garlic clove into a teaspoon of sesame or olive oil. Warm this up. Lie down and place a few drops of the oil into the aching ear. After about ten minutes, change sides and then place the oil inside other ear. Garlic is known to possess natural antibiotic properties. Using garlic as a remedy for earache can assist prescription antibiotics to stop the actual infection as well.

An alternative to the above remedy for earaches is to cut a couple of garlic capsules open. Squeeze out the gel into a small bottle. Then combine it with either olive oil, mineral oil, sweet oil, or a non-prescription ear ache reliever. Blend until it is thin and then put all of it directly into the infected ear. Allow it to remain inside ear canal for approximately five minutes, and then drain.

Grind fresh basil leaves to create a paste. Heat this with a bit of olive oil or mineral oil. As soon as it gets warm but not hot, place 4 to 5 drops into the ears as an earache remedy.

Get the actual juice from an onion and then heat it a bit. Place a few drops into each ear to relieve earaches, especially at night.

Combine a couple of drops of peppermint essential oil to a few drops of olive oil. Then use several drops within the infected ear canal. Pain usually vanishes almost immediately. Peppermint oil is a natural anesthetic, plus it provides antibiotic benefits as well as anti-inflammatory qualities.

Yet another useful home remedy for earache would be to place several drops of heated mustard oil in the ears.

Ear Anatomy photo: perpetualplum
Ear Anatomy photo: perpetualplum

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    • John B Badd profile image

      John B Badd 

      8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Cool hub. I never thought of using garlic as an antibiotic.

    • GusTheRedneck profile image

      Gustave Kilthau 

      8 years ago from USA

      Angela - A good one about earaches. Next try for another good one on eyestrain (from reading all of these hubs) and finger pain (from all of this writing). Only kidding, Angela!

      Gus ;-)

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for all these helpful tips.

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      8 years ago from Mobile, Al.

      Funny I stumbled upon this article, my hubby has an earache.


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