Top Tips for Dealing with Earaches
Every day millions of people experience painful discomfort known as earaches. Earaches can happen if there is swelling in the ear, commonly caused by infection. Studies have shown that earaches affect children much more than adults. Sufferers have reported symptoms that range from a dull ache to total disorientation. The common issues that can cause earaches include, but are not limited to, earwax, sinus infections, tonsillitis, cavities, and A.O.M. (acute otitis media). Luckily, if you are trying to prevent ear pain, there are helpful earache remedies you can try.
It is very important to have a conversation with your doctor before attempting any home remedies or new treatments, or if antibiotics are an option. If earache remedies are an option, here are few tips on how to deal and help prevent ear pain.
• If the pain is more than you can bear, make sure to try common pain reliever available over-the-counter, such as acetaminophen, or ibuprofen for relief, make sure to avoid aspirin.
• Keep your head elevated and reduce reclining. Use pillows to prop up your head if you need to lie down. Lying down or reclining too low can make the pain worse, so you should attempt to remain upright as much as possible.
• You can use 2-3 drops of hydrogen peroxide in your ear for 1-2 minutes. When finished, cover your ear with a towel or cotton pad and turn your head to drain out the excess.
• If there is no discharge from the ear, you can try using 2-3 drops of olive oil that is at room temperature to help to alleviate ear pain.
• Opening up the Eustachian tube can help reduce pressure and allow the middle ear to drain fluid. It can be accomplished by swallowing, yawning, or try performing The Valsalva maneuver (by pinching your nose and gently blowing with your mouth closed). Drinking plenty of fluids and chewing sugar-free gum can also help.
• You can try placing a warm, moist towel to your ear. But exercise caution when attempting to use a heating pad. Make sure to use the lowest setting and wrap the heating pad in a blanket or towel.
• Homeopathic earache remedies that can help provide relief are very numerous. Common solutions that are available include Aconitum napellus, Belladonna, Pulsatilla, Mercurius solubilis, Chamomilla, Hepar sulphuris calcareum, and Silicea.
It is important not to replace medical treatments with homeopathic remedies. If the pain does not lessen or symptoms become more severe, Don’t wait until permanent hearing damage to occur, schedule a consultation as soon as you have symptoms.