How to Cure Earache
It has been found that about 70% of children within three years of age have had an ear infection at least once and many adults have also suffered ear infections and otalgia. Although severe otalgia requires medical intervention and can lead to permanent hearing loss, the milder situations can often be treated at home following medical advice or using household remedies known for centuries for their effectiveness. Do not use these remedies instead of medical recommendations; if you are not sure about some indications or procedures, contact your doctor.
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1) Apply the heat to soothe the pain.
It can be effective to quickly counteract the discomfort.
Apply a warm compress to your suffering ear. You can prepare one by wiping a towel with warm water and squeezing the excess liquid or using a hot water bag or a ready-made hot pack available at the pharmacy. Make sure it is not too hot to the point of burning the skin. Keep the heat source in your ear as long as possible. Before the heat, you can also try to put the ice: apply a bag on the affected area for 15 minutes; then he puts the hot pack on for another 15 minutes. Repeat the procedure 2-3 times.
Hold a hair dryer at arm’s length from the ear and set the appliance to a “minimum” power and heat level. Do not use too strong or too hot airflow.
2) Get over-the-counter painkillers.
The most suitable are ibuprofen or paracetamol. Carefully follow the instructions of the liar for the dosage.
Keep in mind that generally, the dosage for children depends on their body weight. Do not give aspirin to children or young people under the age of 18, as it has been associated with a rare but serious pathology, Reye’s syndrome, which can cause damage to the brain and liver.
3) Contact your doctor.
If symptoms persist for more than 5 days in adults or more than 2 in children, if the otalgia has affected a child less than 8 weeks, if the neck is stiff or fever occurs, see your doctor immediately. Although an earache is a fairly common disorder, a very serious infection with further complications may develop in the case of neglect.
If the origin of the otalgia is bacterial, the doctor will prescribe a course of antibiotics to stop the infection and analgesics to manage the pain.
An untreated ear infection can lead to permanent hearing loss, so it is important to undergo treatment if the symptoms are exacerbated or reduced.
Try untreated home remedies
4) Free your nose.
Often the otalgia is caused by the accumulation of mucus in the Eustachian tubes, the thin ducts that connect the ears, the nose and the throat. By releasing the nose you can relieve the pressure on the eardrums.
Try gently spraying some salt water into the baby’s nostrils and then aspirate it.
You can use a bulb syringe or a specific nasal aspirator (such as Nosefrida, which you can buy online) to free your nose from secretions.
5) Move your ear carefully.
The otalgia can put pressure on the Eustachian tubes, which can be relieved by “snapping” the ears gently (just like on aeroplanes when air pressure changes). This method can help drain liquids trapped in the ear canal.
Grab the auricle near your head with your thumb and forefinger, rotate and gently pull it as far as possible without creating discomfort. You can also try to induce the yawning, which has a similar effect and “popped” the Eustachian tubes.
6)Breathe in soothing steam.
The steam helps the process of expelling the liquids present in the Eustachian tubes (inducing rhinorrhea), thus relieving the pressure in the inner ear. By adding some medicine or aroma you can get more benefits with this delicate analgesic remedy.
Prepare a steam solution to be inhaled by adding several drops of eucalyptus essential oil or a teaspoon of Vicks Vaporub or another similar product in a bowl of almost boiling water.
Put a towel on your head and breathe the steam through your nose. Repeat the procedure 3 times a day until the pain is reduced. This solution helps to open the Eustachian tubes, relieves pressure and helps to expel liquids from the ears.
Do not put the head of a young child under a towel and over a bowl of boiling water, as it may burn or even drown in the water. Instead, apply a small amount of Vicks Vaporub (specifically designed for babies and young children) on his chest or back and then take a very hot shower with him or let the baby play in the bathroom while running hot water from the shower. The steam that forms in this way can join the vapours of the medication and create a soothing effect.
7) Try the olive oil.
To relieve the pain put a few drops of warm olive oil in the ear, which work by alleviating the ear irritation.
You can put the oil bottle in a small glass of hot water for a few minutes to warm it up. Pour the drops directly into the ear and cover it with a cotton ball without compacting it.
If you use this method on a child, do so when the baby is sleeping and put it on its side so that the oil stays in the ear. In this case, do not put the cotton swab.
Know that no evidence has been taken to show that this remedy is more than a placebo.
8) Use garlic oil and mullein flowers.
It has been found that garlic has antibiotic properties and is believed to be a natural anaesthetic.
You can find these products on Amazon or in stores of natural products.
Heat the oil (make sure it is not too hot by pouring a few drops on the wrist), then with a dropper put a little ‘in the ear twice a day.
Again, please note that the method is not supported by verified tests.
9) Try lavender oil.
Even if you do not have to put it directly in the ear, you can, however, massage it in the outer area, since it is believed to be able to improve blood circulation and allow better drainage of the inner ear. Furthermore, its scent can be soothing.
Mix a few drops of lavender oil with a few other drops of carrier oil (such as fractionated coconut oil or olive oil) and gently massage the outside of the ear throughout the day, depending on the need.
Other essential oils with beneficial properties against pain and to improve circulation are eucalyptus, rosemary, oregano, chamomile, melaleuca and thyme.
This method is supported only by anecdotal evidence. There are no studies demonstrating the health effects of essential oils on health.
10) Avoid flu viruses.
One of the main causes of an earache is the common cold and, although there is no cure for this virus, you can first take precautions to avoid contracting the disease.
Wash your hands regularly, especially after being in public places and before eating. If you can not wash them with soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. The cold virus is known to be resistant and can survive for hours on surfaces; therefore, even if you do not frequent a sick person, you can still infect yourself simply by going to the library or the supermarket.
Do physical activity regularly. People who train regularly have a stronger immune system and their body is able to fight infections better and resist cold viruses.
Follow a balanced diet rich in vitamins. Eat whole foods and nutrient-rich, focusing mainly on lean protein, vegetables and fruit. The phytochemicals present in plants such as peppers, oranges and dark green leafy vegetables can help the body to absorb the vitamins, essential to strengthen the immune system. For that reason, you should focus on natural foods.
11) Submit to the allergy tests.
Allergic reactions can cause itching in the ears and otalgia, whether it be environmental or food allergies.
Call your doctor to make an appointment for allergy tests, which may include a blood test or a prick test. From the results of the exams, you can understand what kind of allergen triggers your irritation to the ears, such as ambrosia, animal hair or dairy products.
12) Prevent ear infections in newborns.
In reality, they are quite widespread, but they can be reduced by implementing specific breastfeeding strategies.
Vaccine the baby. One of the most common infectious agents for ear infections is part of the series of routine vaccines.
If you can, feed the baby until it reaches 12 months of life. Breast milk contains antibiotics known to be able to reduce infections in the ears, so breastfeeding can develop less otalgia than those who use artificial milk.
If you breastfeed him, make sure you keep the baby at an angle of 45 ° and never breastfeed when lying down or lying in the cradle, otherwise, some of the liquid may flow to the inner ear, causing an upset as a result. Try to wean the baby up to an educational cup when it’s 9-12 months old, to reduce the chance of bottle infections due to the bottle.
Inserting something into the ears can create serious side effects, such as a worsening of the infection or even hearing loss (temporary or permanent).
Put cotton in your ears when you take a shower or a bath.
When you breathe the steam, put the water container in the sink to avoid accidents and burns by reversing the bowl.
Do not spill fluid into your ears if you fear or are sure that the eardrums are perforated.
Never insert cotton buds into the inner ear, as you may break the eardrum.
Try to avoid foods that cause allergies more easily: wheat, dairy products, corn, oranges, peanut butter and all simple carbohydrates, including sugar, fruit and fruit juices.