Earaches are fairly uncommon and unusual but when they do strike, they can be agonizing. Earaches are pretty much like toothaches, they can make your life miserable but are rarely life threatening. In most cases, an earache is caused by a bacterial infection. The common signs of an ear infection are oozing of pus, a dull, throbbing pain in the ear and mild inflammation.
Sometimes the earaches become very severe and can radiate to the entire neck and jaw. While conventional antibiotics are used to treat an earache, some simple home remedies can prove to be quite effective in treating an earache.
Mix some olive oil and castor oil, heat it up and add a few drops of the oil into your ear. Plug the ear with cotton balls so that the oil does not seep out. This is a highly effective remedy for earaches and helps to clear up the infection.
Warm compresses applied on the ear can help to reduce the earache. Take some strips of soft cloth and heat them in water. Now apply the warm compresses on the side of your ear. Do this as often as you can during the day. This will help to alleviate the pain caused by an earache.
Heat a couple of cloves of garlic in sesame oil and allow it to cool. Now put a few drops of this oil into your ear and lie down for a few minutes to allow the oil to seep into your ear. Garlic has anti-bacterial properties that helps to clear the infection and gives relief from an earache.
Soak some basil leaves and crush them. Heat the solution mildly and pour a few drops of the solution into your ear. This should help to clear up the infection and give you relief from the earache.
Extract the juice of mango leaves and warm the juice a little. Put 4 drops of this juice into each ear. This will help to cure the earache.
If you are travelling by air and the earache is occurring due to the cabin pressure, suck on some candy as this helps to give you immediate relief from the earache. You can do the same for minor infants by giving them a bottle to suckle on.
Onions have very potent anti-bacterial properties. Just extract the juice of an onion and warm it a little. Put 4 drops of this juice into each ear. This helps to reduce the earache and gives a lot of relief from pain in the ears.
A combination of radish and mustard oil can be used to treat earaches. Just warm the radish in the mustard oil and strain the oil. Now add a few drops of the oil into both ears and you will find the throbbing earache subsiding.
If your earaches are compounded after a swim, make sure you take preventive measures for the same. Just heat up some mineral oil and add a few drops of this oil into both the ears. Even if you swim for long hours, you will not experience an earache with this home remedy.
Cold and wintry winds can exacerbate an earache and actually make it worse. To prevent cold winds from worsening an earache, make sure you cover your ears with a scarf or a muffler. This will prevent the cold from entering your ear and compounding the earache.
Young children can often experience earache due to the build up of wax, infection or even an insect. If an insect has gone in, put some mustard oil into the ear and the insect will swim out of the ear. Pull the insect out gently. This should help to alleviate the earache to a large extent.
Ginger is said to be an excellent natural painkiller. Just put a few drops of ginger juice into your ear and you will find your earache subsiding almost immediately.
Make sure you sleep in an upright position with your head marginally elevated. This takes the pressure off the ear and helps to reduce the earache.
Take 50% of hydrogen peroxide and 50% of alcohol and make a mixture of these oils. Now pour this oil into your affected ear until the oil starts bubbling in the ear.
Once this is done, shake your head side to side until the solution completely drains out from the ear into the sink. Repeat this procedure as often as you can. Hydrogen peroxide acts like a disinfectant and helps to kill all the bacteria. Make sure this remedy is appropriate for your condition.
Other alternatives to warm compresses are heating pads in which the temperature can be adjusted to suit your ears. Lie down on your side with your ear gently placed on the heating pad. The heat pad from the ear helps to soothe and relieve the earache and gives a lot of symptomatic relief.
Old hair dryers can also be effectively used to treat an earache. Just set the hair dryer to a setting, which is hot but not so hot that it scalds your ear. Now gently blow the hair dryer into your affected ear, ensuring that the blast from the hair dryer is not too hot. Keep the hair dryer at a safe distance. Do not use the blow dryer for more than 3-5 minutes.
Make sure you take in enough of water and other hot fluids. The constant swallowing will help to open up the ears and give relief from earaches. In case, the pain gets really bad, it is better to see your health care provider who will do a full ear check up to ascertain the cause of the earache. In such cases, mild antibiotics and painkillers will be prescribed to get rid of the pain and the infection.