Home remedies for ear infections
may not be as well known as other home remedies, but there are a few that work very well.
The good news for people suffering with an ear infection is, most ear infections get better without treatment. Usually, for children 2 years of age or older, rest and care at home is often all that is needed with ear infections.
If your child is only mildly ill and
home remedies for ear infections
work for their earache, you may not need to seek treatment from a doctor.
Pain relievers like anti-inflammatory medicines, Advil, Motrin, and Aleve and Tylenol, will help your child feel better.
Giving your child something for pain before bedtime is especially important, even if you’re using
home remedies for ear infections.
Follow the instructions on the medicine label.
Don’t give aspirin to anyone younger than 18.
The first home remedies for ear infections should include applying heat to the ear, which can help alleviate pain.
Use a warm washcloth for young children. You could use a heating pad, but only if your child is old enough to tell you if it’s getting too hot for them.
Make your children rest. Resting the body will help fight the infection. This one of the best home remedies for ear infections you can do.
Over-the-counter cold remedies usually don’t work for treating or preventing ear infections, so don’t waste your money on decongestants, antihistamines or expectorants.
Look for home remedies for ear infections to treat your ear infection.
Antihistamines that cause drowsiness may actually thicken fluids, which can make your child feel even worse.
Don’t give decongestants to your children under age 2.
Our ears are really composed of three parts. The outer, middle and inner ear.
There are two main types of ear infection, (both of which home remedies for ear infections may be used) and one is found mainly among infants and children.
The other is known as swimmer’s ear and is the infection of the “external” ear.
Ear infections are more commonly seen in boys and in the winter season. Fortunately, ear infections are not contagious.
The ear is comprised of not just the outer, middle and inner ear, but also the ear drum, the hearing nerve and the Eustachian tubes. The pressure of air in the middle ear needs to be at the same level as atmospheric pressure outside the ear, in order to allow the ears to work properly.
The infection of the middle ear, is usually caused by the swelling or inflammation of the Eustachian tube, from a severe cold, throat infection, or even an allergic reaction, that causes an accumulation of fluid in the middle ear.
When an infection occurs, it can cause the eardrum to get inflamed, with an accumulation of pus and mucus behind the ear drum. Then, pressure in the middle ear may increase, causing the eardrum to burst, drainage of pus and blood, resulting in a loss of hearing.
Swimmers ear infection refers to an infection that starts in the outer ear canal, which connects from the eardrum to the outside of your head.
This often develops from water residue in the ear or moisture in the ear, as a result of swimming or simply from bathing. The moist environment creates favorable conditions for both “fungal and bacterial growth.”
Infections can also occur when the thin skin layer that lines the ear canal has been damaged. This can happen from trying to clean the ears with your fingers, cotton swabs or other objects that don’t belong in the ear.
Ear infections are not restricted to just babies, toddlers, or small children, but are most prevalent among them.
Unfortunately, babies and children are generally treated with ear tubes and antibiotic treatments. Home remedies for ear infections are the better way to go since, in many cases, these antibiotics will not work.
Antibiotics are only effective against bacterial infections. If the infection is a viral nature or caused by fungi, then antibiotics will have no effect, and this is why home remedies for ear infections should be used.
Antibiotics can actually weaken immunity and reduce the healthy bacteria that are necessary to maintain a healthy balance. Home remedies for ear infections are a much better way to treat ear infection, since an over reliance on antibiotics can create dependence and resistance, making drugs ineffective.
You should always seek home remedies for ear infections and treat an ear infection naturally without antibiotics; whether adult or child. Because, home remedies for ear infections work just as well, but without the side effects that antibiotics can cause.
Remember that the “swimmers ear” type infection, if treated in the initial stages, can be managed at home with home remedies for ear infections like garlic oil.
Only if the condition worsens or a middle ear infection occurs, would it require medical attention and treatment.
The following symptoms for swelling or inflammation of the Eustachian tube, caused by a severe cold, throat infections, or even due to an allergic reaction, that causes an accumulation of fluid in the middle ear are:
• Pain and itch
• Hearing problem
• Fluid discharge
The following symptoms for the outer ear canal, which connects from the eardrum to the outside of your head. (See the home remedies for ear infections recommended below)
• Pain getting more severe by movement of the ear lobe or jaw
• Temporary reduction in hearing
• Slight fever
• Inflammation in the ear
Ear infection treatment in mild cases can be done at home with home remedies for ear infections and natural cures, but if there’s no sign of improvement within a day or two, it may be necessary to consult with a doctor.
Home remedies for ear infections may include a putting few drops of garlic juice into the infected ear.
Home remedies for ear infections may also include using a blow dryer about 15 inches from your head, to help remove any water trapped in the Eustachian tube.
Additional home remedies for ear infections would be to put 2 to 3 drops of some warm olive oil in each ear. Other recommended home remedies for ear infections would be to put few drops of lobelia extract into the infected ear and rub it gently.
My favorite home remedies for ear infections would include washing your ear using colloidal silver.
Warm one teaspoon of mango leaf juice and put it into the infected ear.
Add a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to the ear. (Except for children)
Take Vitamin C and Increase Zinc Intake
Eat a healthy diet. Avoid processed foods and hydrogenated oils. Home remedies for ear infections can be as effective as traditional treatment when you know the proper herbs to use.
Author: Steve Berchtold