There are myriad conditions related to our health that can cause it serious harm. One of the most tumbling amongst these health conditions is ear pain. The ear pain is an annoying thing that affects both the performance of a person at work or in school along with ruining our leisurely time. Still, there are a lot of home remedies that can help alleviate this ear pain.
For our readers, we have gathered a list of some easy to follow home remedies for alleviating ear pain. Still, these are just for temporary relief remedies and a person suffering from ear pain should really consult with a doctor.
What causes ear pain?
One of the most common causes of ear pain is named AOM (Acute Otitis Media). AOM generally affects the children and is caused due to the blockage of the Eustachian Tube. This blockage leads to the accumulation of the fluid in the cavity of the ear that causes serious inflammation as well as infection in the middle ear. As for other common causes of ear pain, they are as follows.
- Excessive earwax buildup
- Dental problems
- Infection of throat or sinuses
- Injury arising from pressure changes
- Grinding of teeth
Over-the-counter pain killers
Few of the over-the-counter medications actually are helpful in controlling the ear pain if it is caused due to an infection. Few of these over-the-counter medications include the following.
One thing to be aware of here is to always check the amount of dosage that is appropriate for the person using it as well as consulting with the doctor beforehand giving it to babies or children as they only need such medications in lower dosages. Also, it is not advised to give the aspirin to minors.
Warm or cold compresses
Cold packs or thermal pads can be used for compressing the ear to alleviate the pain. Place these packs on the ear for about 10 minutes while alternating between heat and cold packs. You can also simply use the hot or the cold compress for ear pain without the need to alternate the temperatures. This method is both safe for application on the children and adults. As for children, be sure that the packs are not too cold or hot.
This is only a home remedy and there is no definitive science behind its application for alleviating ear pain. The texture of olive oil causes ear pain to be reduced if it is caused due to earwax accumulation. The application of olive oil on earwax causes it to be thing ad easily removed.
As per the American Academy of Pediatrics, dropping few warm drops of olive oil in the ear canal causes the anti-inflammatory effect that reduces ear pain.
For the ear pain that is normally caused due to excessive use of the chewing muscles; it can be treated with gentle massage of the area. For this, you only need to apply slight pressure behind the ears first and then gently moving forward toward the neck and then finally to the front of the ear.
This massage is extremely helpful in alleviating the ear pain resulted due to excessive fluid in the ear or ear infection. The massage helps by preventing the ear discomfort from progressing any further.
Homeopathic ear drops
Homeopathic ear drops can be easily bought by anyone from a local pharmacy or at an online store. These drops are made from the mixture of herbal extracts which are helpful in reducing the pressure in ears caused due to the liquids and earwax. It has also been discovered that the application of such ear drops in cases of ear pain is beneficial due to the antibiotic nature of the herbal extracts. Still, it is highly advised to consult with a doctor before using these ear drops.
Ginger is extremely beneficial in reducing ear pain; all thanks to the ingredient’s natural active properties like being antifungal and antimicrobial. Simply warm up some ginger juice and apply it around your ear without eve dropping a single drop inside the ear canal.
For countless years, garlic has been a well-known ingredient that is used for the treatment of ear pain as well as the prevention of ear infections. The reason for this healing ability of garlic is that it has natural antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
In case you suffer from ear pain, simply soak one crushed piece of ginger in a little amount of sesame oil for about 5 minutes. After that, strain the oil and apply it gently inside the ear canal but not too deep inside it.
Another most commonly sued remedy for ear pain is the use of Hydrogen Peroxide. This is a popular antiseptic that has been used for decades for the treatment of injuries and wounds. In case of ear pain, the recommended dosage is about 3 droplets to be dropped inside the ear canal after every 3 to 5 hours. Let it sit for a while indie the ear canal before thoroughly draining the ear canal with a syringe filled with water.
As per modern studies, the antibiotic components found in licorice are helpful in alleviating the ear pain. Simply heat some of the licorice roots and then add in it a little bit of clarified butter. Mix both of these ingredients well on low heat for 5 minutes and then let it cool down.
Place this butter and licorice mixture outside of your ear canal and then let it sit for at least 20 minutes before rinsing it off completely.