By Leah Lewis
Imagine the excruciating pain of a toothache, but instead of being inside your mouth, it is inside your ear and even by the side of your neck. An earache can be really debilitating, and although it occurs more frequently in children, it can happen to almost anyone, and here is why.
Ear pain is usually the result of a bacterial infection that occurs in another part of the body that also affects the ear. For example, sore throat, tonsillitis, sinusitis or even the common cold can cause an earache. However, earaches are not always caused by an infection, but can be caused by other means, such as the accumulation of earwax that can become hard, water trapped in the ear, allergic reactions and more.
For this reason, an earache does not necessarily require antibiotics to relieve your painful symptoms, and only your doctor can really determine the cause of the pain. But when that pain brings tears to your eyes and you are waiting for medical attention or antibiotics (if your doctor recommends them), you can definitely rely on the following home remedies to get the much needed relief.
Hydrogen peroxide is an excellent antiseptic that has been used as a natural remedy for earaches for years. Not only does it help kill harmful bacteria in the case of an ear infection, but it also greatly helps to remove hardened ear wax by softening the wax to allow its natural elimination. To use this method, tilt your head sideways or lie with your ear upside down. Add 2-3 drops of hydrogen peroxide in the ear canal (the 3 percent solution is fine for this purpose). You will hear it bubble for a moment and it may hurt depending on the severity of the infection, but let it sit for about 5 minutes. Then, tilt your head up or in the opposite direction with a piece of cotton placed outside and let the liquid out. Repeat this 2-3 times a day for relief. If the pain persists for more than 2 days, you may need to see your doctor. Do not apply hydrogen peroxide inside the ear if the eardrum is broken.
Canadian healing oil
Available in most pharmacies, this compound has been used for many generations for its multiple healing properties. Canadian healing oil is composed of turpentine oil, birch tar oil and camphor oil, whose combination produces the seemingly miraculous benefit of pain relief when applied externally or taken internally, as it reduces inflammation and kills bacteria . When used for earaches, it also helps to loosen / break the hardened earwax and allow its natural removal. To use this method, place the oil bottle in a cup of very warm water until it also heats up. Tilt your head sideways with the affected ear up and with a dropper, apply 2-3 drops of warm oil (not hot) in the ear canal. Let stand for about 5 minutes before returning the head upright. Place a piece of cotton or lint without pressing on the outside of the ear to allow a slippery cleaning and repeat twice a day. Again, you should not use this method if the eardrum is broken.
Hot or cold compress
For a temporary but immediate relief of the earache, a cold or hot compress applied to the outside of the ear, behind the ear and in the neck can surely be the solution. It is up to you to choose which temperature works best for you, or you can choose to alternate between cold and heat. To do this, soak a clean towel in hot water, drain excess water and apply on the skin of the affected area as hot as you can tolerate without, of course, damaging the skin. Leave on for 5 minute intervals and repeat as necessary. On the contrary, for a cold compress, you can use an ice pack, wrapped in a clean towel and applied to the affected area. Be careful not to fall asleep with a compress over your ear.
If your earache is accompanied by dizziness, suppurating fluid, fever or hearing loss, you should definitely seek immediate medical attention. However, for less serious cases, I can share with confidence that the above remedies should give you the help you need.
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