• Shruti GOCHHWAL

Earache? How to Get Rid of It Naturally?

No matter how old you are, earaches hurt. Since most earaches aren’t the result of a bacterial infection, antibiotics usually won’t help you get rid of it. Some people might think that earaches are just a minor nuisance. However, at times they can cause debilitating pain. But you always don’t have to take a wait-and-see approach.

Natural remedies can also aid in getting rid of earaches. Multiple natural earache treatment methods can help to reduce the symptoms, including the swelling and pain you might be experiencing.

And if the earache is a symptom of a bigger issue, there are normal ways to relieve discomfort.

Moist Compress

Soak a cloth in warm water, strain out the excess water, fold it into a square or rectangle, and place it over your ear to create a warm compress.

The moisture and warmth can help ease congestion in your ear. If you have a headache, you can even use cold water to make a comfortable compress.

Steam

Like moist heat, steam is effective, particularly at loosening congestion. Inhale steam from a tub of hot water. As you lean over the dish, drape a towel over your head to provide a covering. You can also take a steam bath.

Saltwater Gargling

Sometimes, earache can be linked to a sore throat. Gargles with hot salt water can help ease symptoms.

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Caption: Salt water is also extremely beneficial for the throat                  Credits: Flickr


The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends to mix 1 teaspoon of salt with 9 ounces of warm water and then gargle it.

Rubbing Alcohol and Vinegar

If you have swimmer’s ear, this combination will help you get out of the water with less discomfort. Make a paste of half rubbing alcohol and half vinegar and lower it into the ear canal with a dropper. Just make sure that you don’t have a hole in your eardrum or a tympanostomy tube and that you stop if you experience discomfort.

Ear Popping

Open your mouth, shut your nostrils, and attempt to breathe out of your nose in this technique. You will feel or hear a small pop. It is similar to the pressure change sensation you feel while changing altitudes, like on a mountain or a plane. This method of popping your ears is healthy. At times, it is vital for pilots and scuba divers. If it hurts, try again when you’ve used any your options.

Ice Pack

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Caption: Ice packs are cheap and effective. Credits: Commons wikimedia


Holding a cold, damp washcloth or an ice pack against the ear for 25 minutes can help numb earache and decrease any potential inflammation that is causing it.

Garlic

Garlic is a natural treatment for ear pain that has been used for several years. Allicin, a component of garlic, aids in the fight against bacterial infections that cause earaches.

Earache can also be relieved by eating raw garlic. However, before swallowing garlic, talk to the doctor since it might interfere with antibiotics.

Heating Pad

Holding a hot cloth or heating pad against the ear for 20 minutes can provide temporary pain relief. Although cold temperatures can help reduce inflammation and numb pain, a heating pad can help improve blood flow and relax the muscles. Sleep in An Upright Position.

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Caption:Sleeping upright means sleeping with your stomach facing up.                                    Credits: Pxfuel


Sleeping in an upright position is recommended to help reduce the buildup of pressure in the ear.

Chewing Gum

Chewing gum will help pop your ears to relieve pressure if you have ear pain when travelling by plane or going to higher elevations.

Distraction

Distracting the mind from the earache is one of the most effective ways to relieve discomfort, particularly in children Television, games, or exercise can help reduce attention on the earache.

Chiropractic

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Earache is associated with the cervical connective tissue                                                Credits: Pixabay


Chiropractic is an alternative health approach. Chiropractic works on joints and bones to alleviate discomfort. Earache can be due to the misalignment of bones. Earache can be relieved by having these bones realigned by a chiropractor.

Neck Exercises

At times, an earache can be due to tense muscles around the ear canal, exerting pressure on the area. In this case, a few simple neck exercises might ease the discomfort.

shoulder shrugs exercise

Caption: Shoulder shrugs exercise. Credits: Commons wikimedia

For example, slowly rotate your head and neck, and lift your shoulders toward the ears. Practice this throughout the day.

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