Once your ear starts hurting, your first thought may be to go see a doctor. however, the doctor’s office may be closed, or they may not be able to see you right away. When this happens it’s good to have a home remedy for ear pain, or two, at your disposal. Before you try any home remedies for the first time, you really should try to ask your doctor about them first. If you experience frequent earaches, it can be a bother to repeatedly see the doctor for something that’s as easy to treat as ear pain.
Fortunately, there are many common household products that can be used to ease the pain you’re feeling in your ear. Different causes of pain will react better to different home remedies. You may need to try a few before finding the right one, but you should be able to eventually find one that works.
One of the bigger advantages of taking care of ear aches using at home remedies is the fact they are all natural. Instead of resorting to questionable chemicals that are foreign to the body, you’ll be using the same natural ingredients that you have used before. On top of being natural, home remedies for ear pain also cost less money.
Did you know that fungus is one of the more common causes of ear infections? A very easy way to get rid of an ear infection is with a mixture of water and vinegar. Use equal parts of water and equal parts of vinegar. Once combined, apply a few drops into the affected ear, making sure it works its way in. Let it sit for a few moments then gently rinse it with warm water. The newer and more mild the infection, the more effective this mixture will be.
If you’re unsure of what’s causing your ear pain, using a hot compress (not too hot, though) is a good all-purpose solution. A hot compress relieves just about any kind of infection or pus build-up; two typical causes of earaches. Reapplying the compress several times throughout the day will stimulate the draining of pus and other build-up, thereby relieving some of the pressure.
One other method of dealing with the bacteria that cause ear aches is by using lemon juice. Most bacteria, like milk, are bases. When an acid is mixed with a base, it neutralizes it, changing the pH enough to get the bacteria under control. In many cases, all it takes is a few drops of lemon juice to cause this neutralizing effect to take place.
Hydrogen peroxide can be found in almost every home, usually as part of the medicine cabinet. It not only works on the bacteria, but it also helps to flush things out of the ear canal. A few drops should be enough to bring instantaneous relief from pain.
As you’ve seen, there are plenty of options for treating an ear ache with home remedies. However, if the pain isn’t gone, be sure to consult a doctor at some point, just to make sure it isn’t something more serious.