Sometimes earaches can be debilitating, but they don’t always warrant an antibiotics. Recently, prescriptions for ear infections have changed in the last five years. You might not even be prescribed for an antibiotics.
Note that not all ear infections are bacterial or need medical prescription. Most times, you could find all the remedies you need in your home.
HOME MADE REMEDIES FOR EAR PAIN
Below are natural and nonprescription (not antibiotic) remedies for ear pains:
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- Using pain relievers, an example is acetaminophen (Tylenol and others) and ibuprofen (Advil). And for those that are over 18 years of age can also consider aspirin for pain. Please those below 18 should avoid aspirin due to its association with Reye’s syndrome (a potentially fatal disease associated with liver and brain deterioration).
- Any ear pain connected with a middle ear infection without an eardrum perforation, warm (not hot) oil (olive, vegetable) dripped gently into the ear canal and held by a cotton ball may help to ease the ear pain. A warm oil is less likely to be helpful for swimmer’s ear.
- Using a warm or cold compress may help ear pain. Most people find alternating between a warm and cold compress helpful
- Using naturopathic eardrops have been tried in an effort to control ear pain and the primary ear infection with limited success. Note that naturopathic eardrops have not been approved by the FDA
- The Tea tree oil eardrops are widely used but have the same limitations as discussed with regard to naturopathic eardrops.
- Using an oil containing ginger may be applied to the pinna. The advocates of this preparation urges avoiding pouring a ginger oil into the ear canal.
- Although an anecdotal testimonies exist praising the use of garlic oil poured into the ear canal as an effective home therapy for outer and middle ear infections.
- Be aware that parents of young children with middle ear infections (otitis media) have long since noted the reluctance to put pressure on the side of the infected ear. So sleeping with the painful side up might be of help in the management of ear pain.
- Before the use of antibiotics, a common natural technique to treat middle ear infections was for the doctor to make a small incision in the eardrum known as Myringotomy to release pressure and allow pus to drain from the ear.
- Although Myringotomy is still considered when treating unusual bacterial ear infections in newborns, infants, and those with a compromised immune system and that might require an antibiotics not commonly used to treat ear infections.
- A Chiropractic treatment has been used to treat and cure middle ear infections, though a comparative studies have mixed results. The chiropractic treatment to treat and cure ear infections may increase the risk of injury.
SOME OF THE EAR PAIN SYMPTOMS
- Having a mild to severe ear pain
- Having hearing problems
- Having redness and inflammation
- Have pus draining from the ear
- Constant itching
- Constant fever
- Having problems with ear balance
- Having the feeling of fullness in the ear
- Symptoms of nausea and vomiting
- Having ringing in the ear
- An inflammation and infection of the inner ear