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Ear infections are caused by bacteria or viruses in the middle ear. Ear infections occur more often in children than adults. Some causes and contributing factors that lead to ear infections are wax buildup, upper respiratory infections, food allergies, environmental allergies, fetal alcohol syndrome, genetics, nutritional deficiencies and internal injuries. Some common signs that someone is suffering from an ear infection are pain in the ear, tugging at the ear, difficulty sleeping, headache, poor response to sounds, high fever, fluid draining from the ear, vomiting, diarrhea and so on.

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The ear is made up of three parts: outer, middle and inner.

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Each part has specific functions that help a person hear. You can see in the diagram that the outer ear which shape like a leaf captures the traveling sound waves. In the outer part of our ear, there is a section called as pinna and through this section the sound waves enter into the ear canal. Through the ear canal the sound waves reach the eardrum which is located in the middle part. In addition, the middle section of the ear also has other important ear organs like hammer, anvil, stir up, semicircular, and middle canal. Through the canal, sound waves travel to the inner section of our ear. In the inner part of the ear, there are important ear parts like cochlea, Eustachian tube, and nerves. Sound waves from the canal are sent to the nerves so that the brain can process the sound. After that we are able to recognize the sound and understand it.

An ear infection can occur in any of the three parts. Inner ear infections are the most serious. It is important to treat an ear infection to prevent complications, including damaging or rupturing the ear drum. Untreated ear infections can also lead to chronic recurrence and can even cause deafness! It is important to consult a doctor, but for immediate relief you can try some natural treatments. There are many time-honored, simple and easy home remedies that can help to get rid of the pain and other symptoms of an ear infection.

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Here are the top 10 home remedies for an ear infection.

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(Out of the 10, we have covered 3 highly effective home remedies in this video as well.)

 

1. Salt

Salt is probably the most readily available home remedy.

  1. Heat up one cup of salt on a pan over low heat for a few minutes. You can also heat it in a microwave or double-boiler.
  2. Place the hot salt on a cloth and seal the open end with rubber band (or tie a knot).
  3. When it is bearably hot, lay down and put the cloth on the affected ear for 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Repeat this remedy daily as many times as needed. The heat generated from the sock will help draw out fluid from the ear and relieve swelling and pain.

As an alternative, you can use one cup of rice in the same manner described above.

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2. Garlic

Garlic has antimicrobial properties and natural pain relieving qualities, making it highly effective in the treatment of ear infections. There are a few ways to use garlic as a home treatment.

  • Make garlic oil by cooking two garlic cloves in two tablespoons of sesame oil or mustard oil until it turns blackish. Strain the solution. When it is bearably hot, use two to four drops of this oil in the infected ear as ear drops.
  • Alternatively, you can also boil two or three fresh garlic cloves in water for five minutes, then crush them and add some salt. Put the mixture in a clean cloth and place it against the affected ear.
  • Consuming two to three cloves of raw garlic daily also helps speed up the healing process.

3. Basil

You can also use holy basil to treat minor earache and ear infections. It can relieve ear pain as well as reduce infection.

  • Crush four to five fresh holy basil leaves gently to extract the juice. Apply the basil juice on or around the infected ear. Avoid getting the juice in the ear canal.
  • You can also mix a few drops of holy basil oil with an equal amount of carrier oil like coconut oil. Soak a cotton ball in the mixture and gently wipe just inside the ear, around the outer edge and behind the ear. Repeat the process twice daily.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

To get rid of the fungus that may be causing the ear infection, apple cider vinegar is a good option.

  1. Mix one part apple cider vinegar with an equal amount of water or alcohol. Soak a cotton ball in the solution.
  2. Put the cotton ball in your ear like a plug and leave it for about five minutes.
  3. Remove the cotton ball and lay down on your opposite side to drain the liquid from the ear. Use a hair dryer to dry your ear as much as possible.

If apple cider vinegar is not available, you can use white vinegar. If the cause of the ear infection is in the Eustachian tubes, try gargling with apple cider vinegar.

5. Olive Oil

One of the main causes of an ear infection is wax in the ear catching some fungal or bacterial growth leading to a blockage in the Eustachian tubes. You can easily clear the obstruction with the help of olive oil.

  1. Warm some olive oil slightly. Put a few drops of the warm oil into the infected ear.
  2. The oil will cause the wax to soften. Remove the infected wax with cotton-tipped swabs. Be careful not to put the swab too far in the ear or you might damage the eardrum.

Alternatively, you can also use mustard oil.

6. Warm Water Bottle

As soon as possible, apply some heat to the infected ear. This will quickly relieve some of the pain and will also prevent micro-organism infestation.

  • Press a warm water bottle or heating pad against the ear.
  • You can also use a warm compress. Dip a clean washcloth in lukewarm water, ring out the excess water and then place the washcloth on the infected ear.
  • Do not apply heat to the ear for long periods of time. Start with five minutes, remove the heat for a while and then repeat the process as needed.

Medic for Ear Infections was last modified: August 2nd, 2017 by Top10HomeRemedies
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118 thoughts on “Medic for Ear Infections”

  1. Thanks for this site. I am having ear problem right now I don’t know what to do with it. It will be able to cure my infection.

  2. WOW!!! I AM SO GLAD I READ THIS! I was getting ready to do some X-mas shopping online when my daughter came upstairs crying that her ear hurt. I tried to comfort her but her ear was hurting her so bad and she wouldn’t stop crying. So we went downstairs, heated some salt and within 15 minutes she was fast asleep. It has been over an hour now and she is still sound asleep and I am almost done with my shopping! This remedy was a lifesaver!

  3. I struggled with the WORST inner ear pain for almost 24 hours. After reading this site, I decided to try a heating pad on my right ear. I turned the heating pad up to high and placed it on my ear for approximately 5 minutes. I waited for a short time and felt no relief and ultimately felt defeated 🙁
    Much to my surprise, after about 15 minutes my ear began popping like crazy and the pain/pressure disappeared! It was amazing! My ear started oozing a little liquid and i felt brand new! Amazing. Thank you!

  4. I tried grgling with braggs organic aplke cider vinegar really worked if u can stomach taste, keep water or ither beverage handy right after to calm sour bitterness after that gargle! I too afraid put something foreign in ear, is so delicate system your ear, balance, hesring anything inserted e.n.t. said can easily damage petmanantly!
    I went to excellent e.n.t. doc. for 30 years, and he had a solution w a prescription prescribed works wonders to maintain ear cleanliness, and avoid fungal isdues inside and out of ear; has alcohol and peroxide, but dont know exact amount, suggest you go to a good e.n.t. they experts at aears because if u start putting things in ears and do it wrong u can go deaf! also tinnitus is caused often by diet, avoid caffeine like the plague! avoid all table salt in foid and change to low sodium diet, huge help, also my e.n.t. invented a vitamin for timnitus available at walgreens look under over the counter ear health section near pharmacy. it has something from a lemon hey isolate in a vitamin to swallow, but nedd to take 2 at a time, not 1. its nit cheap but really works, sorry cant remember name but look for a vitamin that relieves ear ringing ir tinnutus says on label. my e.n.t. used to give me free at each visit solved fullness and relieves tinnitus big time! an e.n.t. can help isolate the problem to outer ear/inner ear, eustacian tubes etc. excess ringing, dizziness or vertigo is a malafy of inner ear, none of the home remedies will resolve, except ginger, eating raw ginger, it, or drinking ginger tea or canada dry gingerale removes nause immediately, this vertigo and tinnitus can be triggered by many things, allergies, hormone imbalance, loud noise,blood sugar, salt is wirst thing for inner ear causes water retention which puts an imbalance on perilymph and endolymph sac which controls your delicate balance system and tinnitus is first symptom, is called menieres disease, causes permanant deafness eventually unless changes in diet snd lifestyle are not immediate. u nedd help of a good e.n.t. who specializes in menieres , balance disorders and tinnitus. I have had menieres disease for 20 years and because I was under the care of excecellent specialist I am in the 1% who still have my hearing! my doc said never let them operate on my ear for this problem because is a destructive surgery cayses deafness and removes tinnutus because they collapse ear! was my guage of how to tell if a goid e.n.t. if they push operation, then run dont walk out of office! If they know nothing about menieres disease, run faster if u have a tinnitus, ringing problem, fullness or pain, could be sign of other very serious condition like a brain tumour, a good e.n.t. will order m.r.I. to rule out a.s a.p. I also have tuleo phenomenon, and that is hypersensitivity to loud noise. which like an emergency siren or lawn mower, train, boombox, airplane of higher decibels can also trigger tinnutus, severe vertigo, nauseu, diziness, and complete incapacitation, for a few days where u are spinning and cant walk, and laying down doesnt help, so the e.n.t. will prescribe mevlizine, or antivert, but over the counter bonamine is same thing, for severe cases they may prescribe diazepam, it basically knocks u out. make sure any other meds u take are low sodium or ototoxic because can also trigfer tinnitus, dizziness, nausea, symptoms. when u are about to go deaf you will have hypersensitive hearing, my e.n.t. got me to get specially custom made earshields u wear all the time, also I wear bose noise cancelling headphones, which is a newer technology for tinnutys/ear ringing the noise in headphones, cancels out the noise ringing in ear and outside nouses gives si much relief, also I wear 32 nrr headphones out doors this has saved me from going deaf, all suggested from my excellent e.n.t. for padt 29 years, doctors cant believe I still have my hearing with such severe case if menieres and tulio phenomenon! the pain of inner ear can be as sharp and painful as an outer ear infection only an e n.t. spevialist is qualified to determin the cause and spared me from losing my hearing completely. if u start monkeying around, purting whatever in it, w such a delicate instrument as youru ears u will pay later, with irreversible damage. Is worth the investment to avoid total deafness disability especially if u have long history of ear problems! also e.n.t. has soecialty instruments to lokk deeper into ear and clean deeper and help maintain your ear health so u dont end up w tons wax buildup that ultimately causes alk the problems and pain people describing here. please use home remedies w great caution because every persons physiology is different and onr size fits all approach is a bandaid temp. solution that could cause long term irriversable damage or disability! Like the guy in news who bought all natural product from australia for building muscle, and weight loss and ended up ruining his kidney, had to have removed and transplant or would die! all his distress and threatening his mortality could have been avoided, so buyer beware! also a reputable pharmacist is a very good resource to find out dryg and natural remedies, vitamins, herbs interactions and side effects befire you experiment on yourself, or yoyr chikdren, talk to genuine experts please! is wotlrth time and investment to get a referral to see reputableefical specialists if u or your child has long term reoccurence of ear problems or any other health problems bevause they can help u isolate root cause instead of just putting bandaid on reoccurring symptoms. may mean the difference between permanant damage and disability or not! also doesnt hurt to shop around and research your specialists, and get more then one opinion, there is old provetb, “wisdom in a multitude of counselors.”

  5. I am currently having an ear infection, I cant hardly hear, it feels plugged, is there anything I can do to unplug my ear safely? someone please help me, its been like this for 4 days and the clinic gave me ibuprofen but its not really help, please help 🙁

  6. Oh my God, i have been suffering from ear infection for 6 days now.. I took so much pain reliever I am so afraid that it is going to destroy my liver.. Thanks to you I tried warm compress.. It really works. As I’m typing this, I have a towel pressed on my ear.. Thank you so much!

  7. Cranberry juice. My 2 oldest children when they were younger were getting ear infections regularly when one doctor recommended CJ. Not another ear infection after that and the two youngest have never had an ear infection, just CJ regularly.

  8. thanks for the remedies have a chronic ear infection which makes me to leave with pains it has been like that for ages and i have gone through an operation but since from the operation am experiencing a lot of problems i don’t know if all this mentioned remedies can be an answer for my problem. i will be happy if i can be helped because i don’t know what to do i have being to different ENE but there’s no help. im always taking pain killers and antibiotics they should always be in my hand bag. im will try and let everyone know my results so to help others.

  9. When I tried the apple cider vinegar remedy, I lost my hearing in my left ear and it hasn’t come back yet even after i drained it and cleaned it.

  10. Very interesting- we have also done garlic on the feet (crushed garlic+coconut oil, mixed and spread on bottom of feet); quickly put on cotton socks that are soaked in ice water and wrung out just before donning. Then place woolsocks over top to keep warm. The initial cold therapy shocks system and garlic draws out toxins- great for colds which tend to start the ear infection process in my little girl! We apply at night and let her sleep with it on. The cranberry juice note was super interesting as well, as the ears are connected with the kidney system! I don’t know too much on this but look into healing your kidneys if you have recurring ear infections!

  11. I put a few drops of tea tree oil in my ear and then use a cotton ball to keep the oil from escaping. Heads up, the tea tree oil feels like it burns a bit, but that sensation goes away. It’s one of the few home remedies I found that actually works for the pain and heals my chronic ear infections. The pain doesn’t subside right away, but before I know it, I no longer feel pain. My doctor told me that my stuffy sinuses is what causes my ear infections. Only surgery can correct the sinuses, so I just fight ear infections instead of opting for surgery.

  12. No solution was advised for buzzing or hearing sounds where no sound is and of course no pain associated with the sounds. Any advice?

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