Headache? Nausea? Fluid coming out of the ear? A tugging feeling there? You might have an ear infection. While these most commonly occur in children, it does happen to many adults. Other symptoms include poor hearing, vomiting, diarrhea, fever with pain, and trouble sleeping. An ear infection may be due to several causes, such as food allergies, genetics, wax buildup, internal injuries and nutritional deficiencies. While you’re waiting for your doctor’s appointment, here are a few natural remedies that provide immediate relief in the meantime.
Probably the simplest and most commonly found remedy, salt is one of the most popular natural treatments for ear infections. Just heat a cup over low heat for a few minutes then transfer it to a soft, clean cloth and tie the end tightly with a rubber band. Wait for it to cool to a temperature you find bearable then lay down with the cloth placed on top of the infected ear. Leave it there for 10 minutes. The warm salt will bring out the liquid from your ear which will lessen the pain and inflammation. If your doctor’s appointment is scheduled for days later, you can repeat this once a day to reduce the symptoms until your check up.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This is the favorite of many grandmothers and with good reason – it’s a tried-and-tested remedy. If your ear infection is caused by fungus, apple cider vinegar makes for a good home treatment since it has antifungal properties. It’s known to be used as a cure for chronic yeast infections. Mix apple cider vinegar with an equal amount of water then soak a cotton ball in the concoction. Then put the cotton ball in the ear with the infection and keep it there for five minutes. Afterwards, remove the cotton ball and tilt your head with the infected ear facing downwards or lay down on that side to drain out the liquid from the infection. Once done, dry your ear with a hairdryer set on low.
It’s another popular, easy-to-find-at-home natural remedy with antibacterial characteristics. There are three ways you can use it to treat your ear infection. First, you can make garlic oil by cooking two cloves until it’s completely charred. Take the liquid and wait for it to cool until it’s just warm enough for you. Then place a few drops into the infected ear. Another way would be to boil a few cloves for five minutes then crush them. Add a pinch of salt and put all of it in a clean cloth. Place it against your affected ear. The last and easiest method is to eat the garlic.
The severity of an ear infection largely depends on which part of the ear is affected. Infections in the inner ear are the most serious. If you feel you might have one, promptly schedule medical attention to avoid any complications like a ruptured eardrum. All ear infections require professional medical care so remember to use these treatments only as a temporary solution. For more information on ear health and related concerns, contact Beltone Audiology at (888) 210-5846.