Ear infection is one of the common causes of ear pain and it can be mild or severe. Generally, ear infections can be cleared on it within just a few weeks. So you may want to get ‘wait and see’ approach from the doctors. But you still want to find different ways to deal with pain during the time and you can do several things at the comfort of your living room. If ear pain is severe or condition is worse, be sure to see the doctor.
Warm compress is considered to be the easiest and ideal way to relieve ear pain due to the ear infection. All you need to take a clean washcloth of cotton and hold it under warm water until it’s wet. Wring off the excess water and put the moist, warm cloth over the painful ear. Until warm cloth loses its warmth, hold it there. A warm compress can also be used when you like.
You may ask your doctor for the prescription which includes ear drops that can help relieve pain due to the severe ear infection. Doctors may recommend ear drops with ear tubes. You should ask your doctor first before using any ear drops.
Store-Bought Pain Reliever
There are many over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen and acetaminophen that can provide some sort of relief for ear pain. Be sure to follow the instructions and read the manual for over-the-counter pain reliever you are going to use. You need to ask the doctor if you are not sure regarding the dosage. You need to ask the doctor in case you have any doubt regarding pain relievers you have to take. Don’t recommend aspirin to anyone below 20 years as it is supposed to cause a higher risk of Reye’s syndrome.
In this point, we are going to discuss some of the natural home remedies in order to relieve ear pain. But you have to ask your doctor before you use any of the home remedies. You need to ask your doctor if you are going to take any type of complementary medicine. You should not use ear oils if you are suffering from a ruptured eardrum. Your doctor may find it hard to test the ear and ear oils can make it difficult.
You can make onion compress and apply it to your ear. It may also be helpful to relieve any kind of ear pain due to the ear infection. In order to make your own homemade onion compress, chop half of an onion and fry it in olive oil until onion turns soft. Remove it from heat and take it anywhere to cool down to room temperature. Once the onion gets cool, put it in a thin cotton towel or cheese cloth. Gather the onion in a spot with a towel or cloth and keep it from falling out. Put the onion compress over the ear for ten to 15 minutes and let the juice from onion enter into the ear.
It may also be helpful to cure ear infection and relieve ear pain. You can put a couple of drops of oil in the ear with a medicine dropper. Repeat the same thing for a few times every day. In case of ear dropper is not there, soak a cotton ball in olive oil and squeeze the excess of olive oil and put the cotton ball in your ear. It is also possible to infuse the oil with various herbs to enjoy the effectiveness of this treatment.
You can also use ginger because it relieves pain. All you need to mince fresh ginger and make a paste of a teaspoon and let it sit in some olive oil for 15 minutes. Before using, pour the olive oil through a sieve to take out the ginger pieces.
It is another valuable herb as it has antifungal properties. Mince a few cloves and let it sit in some olive oil for 15 minutes. Pour olive oil through a sieve and strain the same before you use it.
Honey may also be helpful to cure ear pain when you use it as your ear drop. If you have ear dropper, pour a few drops in your ear for a couple of times each day.
Commercial Ear Oil
If you are not able to create ear oil on your own or you can’t use your daily use kitchen items to make homemade ear drops, you may buy a commercial ear oil product which is 100% natural. You can choose to buy ear oil which is infused with herbs and make sure it can relieve ear infection.
Seek Medical Help
Deal with Serious Symptoms by Asking the Doctor
Some of the serious symptoms may show that you may have to look for immediate medical help if you have severe ear pain. If you have any of these conditions, you need instant medical care –
Doctors often recommend ear tubes when ear infections keep on coming back. For instance, if you suffer from ear infections more than three times within the period of 6 months or above four times within a year, you may need to take ear tubes. During the outpatient surgical process, you may want to take ear tubes and some of them may come out within 6 to 12 months of themselves. Surgical removal may often be recommended in some tubes.
If you have a severe ear infection, doctors may recommend you to take antibiotics. They are less likely to be prescribed by the doctors due to the risks involved with bacteria that resist antibiotics and it may occur by overusing the antibiotics. If you think that antibiotics may be helpful, you need to ask the doctor. Don’t pressure them to prescribe if they don’t think it important.
Be sure to ask the doctor always before you try any of the complementary medicines like homeopathy, herbs etc. You need to inform the doctor if there are any complementary medicines you are going to use when it comes to visiting them.