Home treatment for earache in adults
The following are some types of natural treatment for earache:
Electric heating pad
An electric heating pad reduces inflammation and pain in the ear. Make sure that the heating pad is bearable but comforting to the ears. Do not fall asleep with a hot pack on your ears.
Children should not be allowed to use it without the supervision of an adult. Using it for about 15 to 20 minutes should do the trick.
A cold compress or cold pack can also be used to control earache. Do not use ice cubes without wrapping them in a clean cloth or towel and then hold them on the affected ear for about 15 to 20 minutes.
You can also alternate between hot and cold packs, 20 minutes of the hot pack, and then 20 minutes of a cold pack.
Massage for treating earache
Massaging the muscles around the affected ear, neck, and jaws may help. Start with a downward motion from the ears towards the neck. This can help in draining excess fluid that may have accumulated inside your ear canal, controlling pain caused due to it. Make sure you do it gently to avoid causing any damage to the ears.
The anti-microbial properties of garlic are recognized for fighting infections. It cannot be considered as a substitute for prescription antibiotics. However, it can be used as a complementary therapy along with the mainline treatment to accelerate the process of relieving pain.
It can also prevent the risk of aggravation of the pain. A clove of garlic every day can be of great help. Alternatively, you can heat two to three cloves of garlic along with 2 tbsp of sesame seeds or mustard oil until they turn brown. Strain this mixture and use a drop of this solution in your ear daily.
Onions are also known for controlling pain and fighting infection, owing to their anti-inflammatory properties. Again, like garlic, this is not a substitute for medical treatment. Instead, you can use a combination of your prescription medications along with onions for quicker pain relief.
Microwave an onion for one or two minutes. Strain the liquid and use a few drops of this solution in the affected ear every day. You can keep this solution in your ears for 10 minutes and then tilt your head to drain it off. You can repeat this step to enhance the effectiveness of this solution.
Check your sleeping position
Position your head higher than the rest of your body. Place your head on two or three pillows so that it is at a higher level. Turn to the opposite side of the ear that has been infected.