Do you have any natural remedy ideas for soothing itchy ear canals?
When my seasonal allergies act up (as they are now) my allergy medication stops the most annoying of symptoms. However, nothing I've tried or been prescribed relieves the accompanying itchiness and occasional burning I experience in my ear canals. I'd appreciate any home remedies or natural relief suggestions, thanks much!
I have read several places that a drop of olive oil helps an itchy ear. I remember my mom using a drop of mineral oil followed by blowing warm air from a blow dryer in her ear to loosen wax and soothe the irritating feeling it caused.
Do NOT stick Q-tips (or any foreign substance) inside of your ear. I use my finger tip and close my ear lobe and 'scratch' with pressure of my finger. If the itch returns, I do it again. It usually lasts for a while. (Not the itch.)
I have horrible allergies that include my ears as well. I like to put a bit of coconut oil on a cotton ball and rub it on the inside. It seems to soothe it for at least a little while. I also find humming to work. Something about the vibration gives temporary relief.
Thanks much peeples - I will be on the lookout for coconut oil!
It is in the supermarket on the aisle with regular oils/condiments.
Yep and if it doesn't work it has a ton of other uses so you won't be wasting your money.
One of which is getting rid of spiders.
You have to melt it (probably have to do that with the ears to, and let it cool) and then for the spiders put it in a spray bottle. I think it was with water. I had gotten that from a natural bug removal site a while ago.
The Examiner-1, thanks much for the details. I will try this.
You are welcome Beth. You should see what my kitchen looks like to get rid of the bugs. LOL
I wouldn't think you'd have to melt and cool coconut oil to put it in your ear. I would just take a small blob of it and put it in your ear, keeping your head on the side for a few moments. The heat of your skin would melt the oil.
"itching" is usually a sign of infection. If its been checked by a Dr. and not one, the usual remedy among natural doctors is olive leaf extract. Purchase in liquid form, warm in a cup of warm water. A couple of drops in each ear usually works like a charm. Hope it helps.
I would recommend vinegar for almost anything. Whenever I have itchy eczema, for instance, I dab vinegar on it a few times a day and it dries it up and goes away in a couple of days. Apple cider vinegar is usually recommended but I find that cheap red wine vinegar does the job just as well. Perhaps try a couple of drops in your ear.
Quercetin might help a bit. I take it regularly throughout the allergy season. It relieves all my symptoms without the need to knock myself out with Benadryl. If you take this, get a blend mixed with bromelain as it absorbs better and works faster. Relief usually happens for me within 30 minutes or so and it lasts for several hours. I don't know positively if it will help with ears - it helps with dry eyes, sneezing and I get an itchy face and it gets rid of that. I rarely get the ear problems - but I think it could be worth trying and it's quite reasonably priced on Amazon.
First find out why there is a burning sensation -- is it an ear infection? When I get itchy ear canals, it is from wax build up. I use light extra virgin olive oil for the itchiness. I put a clean towel on my table, along with a cotton swab and a few cotton balls. I pour a little olive oil in a small saucer and place one end of the cotton swab in the oil. I lay my head on the towel, with the itchy ear up and take the oil soaked swab and hold it over my ear canal (never insert a swab into the ear) and press the swab against the opening of the canal to squeeze out the oil and let it drift down into the canal. Wipe away any excess oil on your ear with a cotton ball, then use another cotton ball as a ear plug. Leave the cotton ball in overnight and in the morning remove it and with a clean swab or cotton ball wipe out the ear. I repeat thsi every night till the itchiness stops. Usually it only takes one or two treatments and works well for me. This allows the oil to soften the wax so it will flow out overnight.
Edit: PS: this will also help if the itchiness is caused by dry skin, or psoriasis.
I forgot to add: if it is an ear infection that is causing the itchiness, try hot onion packs. Saute the onions and wrap them in a towel. Place the hot pack over the ear for at least half and hour. My Dad used to do this and it really helped.
No, not yet. But I do get infections often in my ears (I was born with extremely small tubes). Thanks for the suggestions!
Well, Beth, those are some mighty fine remedies for your itchy ears. Read all of them and learned some good stuff. Surely you've tried this, but just in case, how about sticking a finger in your itchy ear and vibrating it like a jack hammer. Works every time here. But your situation seems to be different so very good luck with it.
You win, Alastar -- that is the oldest "home remedy" in history. LOL
That's as bad as you'll ever see me, Phyllis, you beautiful woman! Alastar for once got a big head and thought he was a good writer! But, the sentiment was real, really.
You so bad, Alastar -- but, we all slip once in awhile. hahaha . Bless your heart you dear sweet man. Yes, the sentiment is sincere.
Alastar, oh yeah. I've had ear problems all my life. But I WISH a simple scratch would do it!
Hi Bethperry - this is not an answer to you ear problem, more a thank you for posing the question. I have the same problem and am tired of the prescription ointment that doesn't work. Will try the therapies below for sure. Thank you again.
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