There’s nothing worse than having an earache. The annoying pain can really affect our everyday life, the work performance and can put us in quite a bad mood.
Earaches are mostly caused by AOM- acute otitis media. This condition occurs when the Eustachian tube is blocked and it mainly occurs in kids. When the Eustachian tube is blocked, fluids accumulate in the ear cavity and that causes infection and inflammation of the middle ear. Earache can be also caused by dental problems, excess earwax, injury due to pressure changes, teeth grinding and infection of the sinuses or throat. Although the pain can be devastating, sometimes antibiotics aren’t always needed.
Try our amazing home remedies to reduce the pain and discomfort!
1. Cold or warm compresses
Cold packs or thermal pads can be used to relieve ear pain. Place them on your ear for 10 minutes, switching between cold and hot. This can be used for both adults and kids. Be careful not to apply ice directly on your kid’s ear or not to use a too hot heating pad.
2. Olive oil
This remedy is not scientifically proved, but people guarantee it works. The texture of olive oil can soften and eliminate the excess ear wax and therefore, relieve the pain. Add a few warm drops of olive oil in the ear to reduce the pain.
Ginger has natural properties and can help you reduce ear pain. Ginger is also antifungal and antimicrobial. Apply some warm ginger juice around the outer ear canal. Be careful not to put the juice in the ear.
Garlic is known for having antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties and has been used for ages for preventing infections and relieving pain. Soak some crushed garlic in sesame oil and let it sit for a few minutes. Strain the liquid and apply a few drops to the ear canal.
Hydrogen peroxide is a popular antiseptic used for treating injuries and healing wounds. Apply 3-5 drops of peroxide in the affected eat, every 4 hours. Let the peroxide sit inside the ear canal for a few minutes and then rinse the ear with some clean, warm water.
Licorice root contains antibiotic and anti-inflammatory components and can be used for relieving ear pain. Heat 1 Tbs of licorice root and 1 Tbs of clarified butter. Mix well and let the mixture cool. Apply the mixture on the outside of the ear canal and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse your ear carefully afterwards.
7. Over-the counter pain relievers
Some over the counter medications such as ibuprofen, aspirin and acetaminophen can help you relieve the pain. Follow the instructions before using and always consult a doctor before giving them to kids and babies.