Home Remedies for Ear Pain: 5 Things That Bring Relief

Ear pain can be sharp and piercing. There are many possible cause of ear pain. Cavities, sinus infections, earwax and tonsillitis are some common ones. The most common ear infection is acute otitis media or a middle ear infection.
In this case, your middle ear may be swollen or inflamed due to the infection and the pain is caused by the fluid being trapped behind the eardrum. Ear pain may be accompanied by other symptoms like fever, slight hearing loss or flu.
Ear infections are quite common amongst children. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that in case of ear infections, pain management should be the focus and not the use of antibiotics. This is because overuse of antibiotics may often lead to antibiotic-resistant infections. The good news is that you can find most of the things that can give you relief at home or in your kitchen pantry.
The most effective home remedy to ease that pain depends on the cause. In case of cavity, it’s best to consult a doctor, but if the pain is caused due to an infection you can resort to some natural ways to tame the pain while your body fights off the infection. Home remedies for ear pain that really work.
1. Garlic
A simple concoction to deal with ear pain. Crush two cloves of garlic and mix it with 2 teaspoons of mustard oil. Heat this mixture till the garlic turns slightly black. Allow it to cool down and then apply few drops inside the infected ear. The analgesic properties of garlic help relieve pain. You can also make garlic oil at home by crushing and boiling the cloves into sesame oil. This tends to give instant relief.
2. Juice of Basil Leaves
Another natural cure for ear pain is to crush few basil leaves and use the juice to treat the infected ear. Strain the juice before using.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
It has been found that apple cider vinegar changes the pH of the ear canal and creates an environment where bacteria and viruses cannot survive. Warm some vinegar and apply on the infected ear with a cotton bud. Let the vinegar penetrate into the ear. It’s best to use organic apple cider vinegar to avoid chemicals or adulterants. You can also dilute it a bit with water and then soak the cotton bud in this liquid. Plug the bud inside the ear and let it remain for about 5 minutes. Apple cider vinegar is known for its antibacterial and antifungal characteristics.
4. Salt
Believe it or not, salt can do wonders. Heat some on low flame and then dip a cotton bud to coat it with warm salt. Place this in your ear for about 10 minutes. Salt tend to draw out the fluid from the ear and reduces swelling.
While there is no scientific evidence regarding the use of home remedies, our mothers and grandmothers always seem to reach out to these desi cures before deciding to pop pills. You must consult your doctor if you are unaware of what’s causing the pain. Following tips to tackle such a situation before you head to your doctor.
If the ear pain is due to cold and cough, use a pain killer or nasal drops
If you experience pressure and pain while flying, use anti-decongestant pills
You can use ear drops to dissolve the wax
If you experience pain when you pull or press the ear from outside, you might have developed a boil or infection so use antibiotic ear drops
People who swim often may develop fungal infections. In that case, use anti-fungal ear drops
If kids experience pain in the middle ear, they should be immediately given a pain killer