Ear Infection and Aches

Ear infection and aches can be bothersome especially if the pain keeps on occurring which can hinder you daily activities. This condition is common in children but many adults can also suffer from this especially during the colds and flu months. Presence of pain and burning sensation on the ears are typically caused by an infection and ear trauma but sometimes other symptoms may occur too depending on the cause of the condition. For this matter, immediate treatment is important particularly if the symptoms are already affecting your hearing and the inner part of your ears.

Symptoms

– Ear irritation
– Itchiness
– Ear pain
– Head ache
If the following symptoms are present, seeing an ear specialist is highly recommended:
– Dizziness
– Ear swelling
– Blood or pus discharge coming from your ears

Causes

– Certain ear infections caused by bacteria or fungus
– Ear wax buildup or impacted cerumen
– Change in pressure (plane ride, on top of mountain, elevator moving up)
– Sinusitis
– Water or soap in the ears
– Ear trauma
– Ear diseases like ear eczema

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Home Remedies that are Effective in Relieving Symptoms of Ear Infection and Aches

Ear infection and ache requires immediate attention from an ear doctor, but simple solutions you can find at home can save you time and money from buying expensive medicines plus the fact that all these are safe and natural, no dangerous side effects for your health.

1. Salt

This could be the most inexpensive and accessible home remedy that is also very easy to prepare. All you have to do is to heat up at least a cup of salt for few minutes and then tie in a piece of cloth creating a hot compress. When the heat is bearable, apply the salt compress on the affected ear and then re-heat and re-apply the salt compress as often as needed. Doing this relieves the pain and swelling. If your ear has fluids in it, the compress will also help draw out these excess fluids making you feel less irritated.

2. Apple cider vinegar

This is effective especially if the ear infection is caused by fungus or bacteria. Just mix up a tablespoon of the apple cider vinegar and a tablespoon of water. Some people use this solution in a dropper and apply in the ears while some would use a cotton ball and dab it on the solution and apply it on the ears like an ear plug leaving it there for few minutes. This solution is also good in cleaning your ears. You can also add a teaspoon of alcohol to the solution to provide additional antiseptic effects for your ears.

3. Tea tree oil

This oil is known to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory compounds that could treat an ear infection. It will also soothe your aching ears by mixing a few drops of tea tree oil with olive oil plus a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Use a dropper to apply the mixture to your ears. Make sure to lie on the side opposite to the infected ear. After a few minutes or when the ear fully absorbed the oil mixture, perform the same with your other ear. If olive oil is not present, you can substitute it with virgin coconut oil, sesame oil, or mustard oil.

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4. Garlic

It contains antibacterial and antifungal compounds that will work in treating any kinds of infection even ear infection and aches. To use garlic, you can do this method: Make an oil-based solution by simply heating garlic cloves in 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil or sesame oil until the garlic turns blackish. Allow to cool before applying a few drops in your infected ear. Eating fresh cloves of garlic every day can make the healing process quicker plus it can also make your overall health to improve.

5. Breastmilk

This precious liquid contains intact nutrients as well as natural antibiotics that help in fighting off infection. A few drops of breastmilk applied in the ears will work wonders and improve your ears in a matter of 2 to 3 days of frequent application.

6. Onion

Like garlic, the juice of an onion is very effective in fighting infection because of the antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory compounds found in it. Simply squeeze out the juice in an onion by heating it up on a pan or baking it a microwave oven then cutting it in half. Dab a cotton bud to get some of the extracts then directly apply it in your ears. Another method is to wrap the half of the heated onion in a thin cotton fabric and just simply place it on the ear for about 5 to 10 minutes. The heat will also help relax your ears from swelling and pain.

7. Mango leaves

The extract of mango leaves can be used as a pain reliever for ear aches. Just apply a few drops of the extracted juice from mango leaves and you will experience immediate pain relief. You can extract the leaves by using a juicer or boiling several washed leaves in half cup of water until the water turns dark green from the leaf extracts.

8. Warm water bottle

For children with ear infection and aches, the feeling of pain and itchiness can cause them irritation and the inability to sleep properly. By making a warm water bottle used as a compress can help them alleviate the feeling of pain and irritation plus it will provide warmth and comfort for a soothing experience and help them get back to sleep. Make sure to give your child a warm water bottle with bearable heat.

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9. Seek chiropractic treatment

If you are sure that an infection is not the cause of your ear ache, perhaps restoration of the normal functions of the nerves that surround your ear area could be the best solution to your ear aches and this could be properly addressed by the help of a licensed and experienced chiropractor.

Chiropractors work on the nervous system through gentle and proper adjustments of the spine. Performing the procedure by a certified chiropractor can reduce the stress that interferes with the correct function of the nervous system causing major body pains including ear ache.

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10. St. John’s wort

For babies suffering from ear ache, the infused oil of St. John’s wort can be very helpful. This herb is known to have many benefits and among them are the antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammation benefits that could help in treating ear aches due to infection. The soothing relief that this oil provides make this medicinal herb one of the top ingredients when making mild medications for ear infection and aches.

11. Peppermint Tea

Peppermint tea drink is not only used to soothe the pains and bring comfort to patients with ear infection and aches. The peppermint tea also has antiseptic agents and decongesting compounds that could treat the inflammation in your ears. For children with ear infection and aches that are very difficult to put to sleep, this drink, combined with some chamomile tea can help your child to relax a bit and help them go to sleep.

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Gii Santos

Gii is a full-time work at home mom to her 9 year old daughter and a new baby on the way. She is passionate about health and fitness and natural remedies for certain health conditions. She makes it a point to use eco-friendly products as a way to give back to the environment. Aside from mothering, her routine at home includes sewing, crafting, cooking, reading books, and designing.
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