Natural Remedies for Ear AchesThe remedies you use for an ear ache depends on the cause of the ear ache.  You can have ear pain from a fluid buildup in the middle ear cavity, which results in pain from pressure on the eardrum from fluid, strongly affecting the pain in the middle ear cavity.

You can also have ear pain by having a swelling or inflammation of the tissues of the external ear. This is called “external otitis media”.

There are home and natural remedies for this kind of pain that do not need a doctor’s prescription and that can ease the earache pain naturally.

 

Natural Remedies for Ear Aches

 

Tips for Decreasing Middle Ear Pain

These are some of the tips that have been known to decrease ear pain resulting from an inflammation or infection of the middle ear cavity:

Blow Your Nose or Yawn

If fluid builds up in the middle ear cavity, you can reduce the pain associated with this by lessening the amount of fluid in the middle ear.

Things like yawning can reduce the pain by allowing the fluid to be released by the middle ear through the Eustachian tube.  Yawning can open up the Eustacian tube, allowing middle ear fluid to drain out, therefore decreasing the fluid in the middle ear cavity.

When the Eustacian tube is allowed to open up and the fluid drains out of the middle ear, the pressure is off the tympanic membrane (eardrum), effectively reducing the pain.

Blowing your nose can also “pop” the ears so that fluid from the middle ear cavity can decrease.  This allows you to have equal pressure within the middle ear and the outside so that pain can be reduced.

The middle ear is filled then with air so the pressure in the middle ear is equalized, strongly affecting the pain in the middle ear.  This will automatically decease the pain.

 

Using Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Medications (Non Natural)

These can decrease the earache pain by decreasing the swelling of the Eustacian tube. The fluid in the middle ear cavity can be increased by local inflammation of the Eustacian tube.

Make sure that you take the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication with food or milk so that you don’t cause peptic acid that can result in an ulcer.  NSAIDs reduce the inflammation of the ear and/or the Eustacian tube and can also decrease the pain.

Medications that work well for this include ibuprofen, which is marketed as Advil and Motrin, naproxen sodium, which is marketed as Naprosyn and Aleve, and aspirin.  Tylenol is a good choice for pain but won’t decrease inflammation so it is a less effective choice for the treatment of earaches.

Always consult your doctor before taking any kind of medication.

Tips for Decreasing External Otitis Pain

If the pain is located in the external ear canal, you can decrease the pain by takin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications or Tylenol, as listed above; however, there may be pain caused by buildup of cerumen (ear wax) in the external ear canal so that the best treatment is reducing the earwax in the ear.

You can do this by flooding the ear canal with warm water under pressure until the fluid comes out or by taking a 50:50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water, and instilling it into the external ear canal.  The earwax will naturally bubble out and the pain will be better.

What’s your Natural Remedies for Ear Aches?