Ear pain can occur anytime, anywhere. Anybody can be affected, no matter what age the person is. Earaches can be bothersome. These could range from mild ache to extremely painful. There could be a number of reasons why the patient is experiencing earaches. Some of these are:
- Infections due to bacterial growth.
- Sudden changes in altitude and pressure as what happens during flights or in some extreme sports activities.
- Plugging of the tubes due to accumulation of earwax.
- Accumulation of fluid due to a number of reasons, including swimming, bathing, and even infections.
Earaches could start out simple but could lead to more serious problems like permanent loss of hearing. Thus, it is always a good idea to try and treat the condition as soon as possible.
Home Remedies For Earaches
The following natural cures can be used to treat earaches:
- Take a single clove of garlic. Peel it but try not to crush it. Slice off 1 mm from the tip and insert the remaining clove into the affected ear with the opened portion inside. Keep this inserted for a few minutes.
- Another alternative is to crush the juice from a head of garlic. Pour the juice into the affected ear.
- Massage warmed favorite oil to back of ears; alternate with drops of warm water into ear. Drops of warm fresh milk can also be used.
- Apply a few drops of warm olive or mineral oil. This is an excellent alternative.
- Use hair blow dryer on low setting.
- Fill an old sock with rice. Heat in microwave for a few seconds and apply to ear. Relief should follow soon.
- Soak a towel in warm water. Squeeze out the water and put the towel on top of the ear. This will warm the ear. Replace the towel when the heat is gone. Repeat this a few times a day.
- If the patient does not want the ear to feel wet, then an alternative is use a hot water bottle wrapped in dry towel. This is placed on top of the affected ear.
Tips To Get Rid Of Ear Pain
There could be other reasons why the ear aches. The cause of the pain should first be determined before any kind treatment should be done.
- If the earache was due to the wind, using a scarf or earmuff can be quite effective in keeping the strong wind out of the ears.
- If the earache was due to sudden changes in pressure as in flights, the best thing to do is to chew gum or suck on candy until the ears make a “pop” sound.