Home remedies that can bring relief from ear pain
Ear pain may be accompanied by other symptoms like fever, slight hearing loss or flu. Ear infections are quite common amongst children.
Ear pain can be sharp and piercing. There are many possible causes 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.
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. There are plenty of home remedies for ear pain that are safe to try. Here are 5 home remedies for ear pain that really work.
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 a 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.
Basil Leaves: Basil is an excellent herb to soothe the abdominal discomfort caused by food poisoning. It also has antimicrobial properties that help fight microorganisms. You can get the benefits from basil in several ways: Drink basil juice extracted from a few basil leaves with one tablespoon of honey several times a day. You can also add some fresh coriander juice to it. Put a few drops of basil oil in four cups of drinking water. Drink it slowly throughout the day to kill bacteria causing stomach pain and other problems. Add basil leaves, some sea salt, and a pinch black pepper to three tablespoons of plain yogurt. Eat these three to four times a day, until your symptoms are gone.
Mustard Oil: Mustard oil acts as a wax emulsifier. Add 2-3 drops on one side and turn on the other side. Stay in this position for 10-15 minutes but be careful that the oil shouldn't go into the ear. Repeat with the other ear. He cautions that ear buds tend to push the wax inside while oil brings it out.
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.
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 tends to draw out the fluid from the ear and reduces swelling. Sea salt also helps reduce inflammation and pain within your ear canal. Never pour salt water into your ears. You can spray it into your nose too. Make sure you follow this process under supervision as it may cause a severe problem.
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