Ear infections cause sharp, intense, dull, or piercing pain. You might detect them at once, or you can struggle to discover the reason why your child cries and tugs the earlobe.
Earaches are always a painful and unpleasant issue, which often makes you try all that you can find in the medicine cabinet, even antibiotics, in order to soothe the pain and discomfort.
However, you do not need to use antibiotics to alleviate an earache, as you can treat it completely naturally.
The newest guidelines from the AAP are that an earache should be treated by focusing on the pain management, instead of using antibiotics. In most cases, ear infections go away on their own, and antibiotics can lead to antibiotic-resistant infections.
The most common causes of earaches include cavities, tonsillitis, sinus infections, and teeth grinding. The most common infection is acute otitis media or AOM.
It is manifested by infections and swellings of the middle ear.
The pain is caused by the trapped fluid behind the eardrum. Its most common symptoms involve fever, slight hearing loss, earaches, or feeling sick. In the case of small children and babies, you might detect it if they are restless and pull the ear.
The following are some of the best and most effective natural remedies for this problem :
Onion– cut one onion in half and place one half over the painful ear. You can also wrap it in a warm cloth and place it onto the painful ear. Hold the compress for 10 minutes or until it cools down. You can also squeeze juice from one onion and heat it and then drop several drops in the painful ear.
The potent antibiotic and analgesic properties of garlic can effectively soothe the ear infection. Add a teaspoon of minced garlic to 2 tablespoons of some oil and heat the mixture. Apply 2-3 drops in the painful ear.
Apple cider vinegar-apply few drops of apple cider vinegar into the ear and leave it to act for a minute. Then, tilt the head to eliminate any debris and leftover apple cider vinegar. Repeat the same procedure in 12 hours.
Basil– you need to extract juice from crushed basil leaves and then drop several drops into the ear.
The olive oil can be used as a lubricant and provides fast relief. Also, it can stop the buzzing sensation inside the ears. You should heat it a bit, and apply a few drops into your ear canal.
Ginger- drop several drops of fresh ginger juice into the ear.
This is one of the most effective remedies in the case of pain in the ear. You should heat 3 tablespoons of sesame oil, and add a teaspoon of bishop’s weed oil to it. Then, put 4-5 drops of the warm oil into the ear.
You can use hot water bubbles to treat an earache, or you can prepare heat packs and apply them to the ear. Place popcorn or rice in a small pouch or old sock, seal, and heat in shorts bursts. Then, hold the pack on the affected ear.
Hydrogen peroxide– soak one cotton ball in hydrogen peroxide and then squeeze a drop or two into the ear. This will break up the debris. At the end, cleanse the area with warm water carefully.
Tea tree oil– drop several drops in the painful ear.