Many of us know the pain and discomfort associated with ear aches. Earaches can occur when there is an infection or swelling in any part of the ear. While earaches are much more common in children, adults can also be affected. The pain can range from dull and aching, to experiencing sharp, piercing pain. The possible causes for an earache include earwax, teeth grinding, cavities, tonsillitis, sinus infections, and acute otitis media (AOM).
You should always consult with your doctor first on whether you should give home remedies a shot, or if you need to consider antibiotics. If home remedies are a go, and you need some ear pain tips, check out some of the ways you prevent and treat ear pain.
• Try to keep your head up, and limit the amount of reclining. When you want to lie down, make sure you keep your head propped up with pillows. Reclining back can make the pain worse, so try to sit up as much as possible.
• If the pain is too much for you to handle, be sure to reach for an over-the-counter pain reliever to help make you more comfortable. Only take ibuprofen or acetaminophen, never aspirin.
• Yawning and swallowing can open up the Eustachian tube, allowing fluid to drain from the middle ear. To help, chew sugarless gum and drink plenty of liquids.
• Putting 2-3 drops of room-temperature olive oil into the ear can help alleviate the pain. However, only try this step if there is no discharge present.
• Place 2-3 drops of hydrogen peroxide into the ear and let it sit for 1-2 minutes. Turn your head and let the excess drain out onto a cotton swab or towel.
• There are homeopathic remedies you can try to get relief. Chamomilla, belladonna, mercurius solubilis, pulsatilla, silicea, aconitum napellus, and hepar sulphuris calcareum are considered to be earache remedies.
• Apply a moist, warm towel to your ear. A heating pad can also work, but use extreme caution if you use this method. Make sure you wrap the heating pad in a towel or blanket and put it on the lowest setting.
Remember, don’t let home remedies take the place of medical attention. If your pain does not subside, come in and see us for a consultation. Waiting to take action can lead to permanent hearing loss.