Earache can feel excruciating, making it challenging to sleep, eat, or do other activities. If you’ve ever had an ear disorder, then you know how painful and irritating they can be. Earaches are distressing for grown-ups and kids alike but are uncomplicated to treat if you know what to do. Let’s take a look at the most useful home treatments for ear infections. Ear disorders usually go away on their own and don’t need medical concentration.
Ayushakti Brings You 6 Effective Earache Remedies
- Olive Oil
The use of olive oil for earaches is a common home treatment. There’s no substantial scientific proof to prove that drops of olive oil in your ear can relieve ear pain. But putting a few lukewarm drops of olive oil in the ear is safe and could be relatively effective. Make sure the olive oil is not very hot to avoid burning the eardrum.
Garlic is a natural treatment for earache that has been used for hundreds of years. Allicin, a combination found in garlic, is said to be beneficial in fighting bacterial ailments that may be causing an earache. Eating raw garlic is also said to help relieve earache. However, garlic may hamper antibiotics, so it is essential to speak with an expert before taking it.
- Chew Gum
If an earache happens during or after a plane journey or driving to higher peaks, chewing gum may support “pop” the ears and decrease pressure.
- Hot or Cold Compress
Both hot and cold compresses can ease pain from an ear infection. Use an ice or heat pack and put it on the affected ear to support the discomfort. The temperature you use totally depends on you. But make sure to cover it with a cloth so it’s not too freezing or too sizzling. If it’s too sizzling, you could cause burns. You can also rotate between a cold and warm compress every 15 minutes.
- Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide can help maintain ears neat and control dirt or extra bacteria from penetrating the middle ear. It’s particularly advantageous for controlling the swimmer’s ear. Swab a tiny quantity of hydrogen peroxide onto the ear canal, but be mindful that too much doesn’t get into the ear itself.
Other Home Remedies
- Put 2-3 drops of garlic oil or lobelia extract into the ear and gently massage. Repeat this activity 4 to 5 times a day.
- Apply ice to the ear to constrict the blood supply to the area and reduce the pain. Then apply a hot baked onion to the ear to reduce inflammation.
- Take lobelia extract in water to ease and relax the system.
- Take herb hops in capsules or tea to heal an earache.
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Author of the Blog: Dr.Ronak Naik
Expert Review By: Dr Smita Pankaj Naram
Co-Founder, Ayushakti Ayurved Pvt Ltd