<strong>How to Treat an Earache Using Home Remedies</strong>
<strong></strong>Earaches are a common complaint that can often be relieved with comfort measures and simple ingredients found in the home. If an ear infection is caused by a virus, it will usually get better without medical intervention. Try the following tips to help ease the pain and aid in the healing of this troublesome condition.
• Apply heat to the affected ear. A heating pad, set on the lowest setting and gently placed against the aching ear, can provide welcome relief. A warm washcloth, or a water bottle filled with comfortably warm water can also be used to provide warmth and comfort. A warm compress can be made using rice or table salt and a clean sock. Pour the uncooked rice or salt into the sock, knot the open end, and place the sock in the microwave until the compress is warm. Use caution, and be sure to test the temperature of the compress before applying to the skin.
• Warm olive oil is a natural product that can be used to relieve pain and swelling in the ear. Fill a bowl or cup hot water. Place the bottle of olive oil in the bowl to warm the oil. Extract some warm oil into a dropper and place 2-3 drops of oil into the affected ear. Place a cotton ball gently in the ear. The warm oil can help loosen wax buildup inside the ear, which can help relieve painful swelling. This treatment can be used several times a day until the infection subsides.
• Apple cider vinegar can be useful in removing fungus from the ear canal. Mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar with water. Soak a cotton ball in the solution. Lie on your side and place the saturated cotton ball in the outer part of the ear, letting the solution drip into the ear. Remain in position for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove the cotton ball and lie on the other side to allow the liquid to drain out. Dry the ear thoroughly. A hair dryer can be used to dry the ear following the treatment.
These simple home remedies have been used for countless years to relieve the pain of an earache. If you run a fever for longer than 48 hours, have excruciating pain, or have any discharge or fluid leaking from your ear, you should seek the advice of your physician.