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Home Remedies for Ear Infections

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Ear infections are caused by bacteria or viruses in the middle ear. Ear infections occur more often in children than adults. Some causes and contributing factors that lead to ear infections are wax buildup, upper respiratory infections, food allergies, environmental allergies, fetal alcohol syndrome, genetics, nutritional deficiencies and internal injuries. Some common signs that someone is suffering from an ear infection are pain in the ear, tugging at the ear, difficulty sleeping, headache, poor response to sounds, high fever, fluid draining from the ear, vomiting, diarrhea and so on.

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The ear is made up of three parts: outer, middle and inner.

Each part has specific functions that help a person hear. You can see in the diagram that the outer ear which shape like a leaf captures the traveling sound waves. In the outer part of our ear, there is a section called as pinna and through this section the sound waves enter into the ear canal. Through the ear canal the sound waves reach the eardrum which is located in the middle part. In addition, the middle section of the ear also has other important ear organs like hammer, anvil, stir up, semicircular, and middle canal. Through the canal, sound waves travel to the inner section of our ear. In the inner part of the ear, there are important ear parts like cochlea, Eustachian tube, and nerves. Sound waves from the canal are sent to the nerves so that the brain can process the sound. After that we are able to recognize the sound and understand it.

An ear infection can occur in any of the three parts. Inner ear infections are the most serious. It is important to treat an ear infection to prevent complications, including damaging or rupturing the ear drum. Untreated ear infections can also lead to chronic recurrence and can even cause deafness! It is important to consult a doctor, but for immediate relief you can try some natural treatments. There are many time-honored, simple and easy home remedies that can help to get rid of the pain and other symptoms of an ear infection.

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Here are the top 10 home remedies for an ear infection.

(Out of the 10, we have covered 3 highly effective home remedies in this video as well.)

 

1. Salt

Salt is probably the most readily available home remedy.

  1. Heat up one cup of salt on a pan over low heat for a few minutes. You can also heat it in a microwave or double-boiler.
  2. Place the hot salt on a cloth and seal the open end with rubber band (or tie a knot).
  3. When it is bearably hot, lay down and put the cloth on the affected ear for 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Repeat this remedy daily as many times as needed. The heat generated from the sock will help draw out fluid from the ear and relieve swelling and pain.

As an alternative, you can use one cup of rice in the same manner described above.

2. Garlic

Garlic has antimicrobial properties and natural pain relieving qualities, making it highly effective in the treatment of ear infections. There are a few ways to use garlic as a home treatment.

  • Make garlic oil by cooking two garlic cloves in two tablespoons of sesame oil or mustard oil until it turns blackish. Strain the solution. When it is bearably hot, use two to four drops of this oil in the infected ear as ear drops.
  • Alternatively, you can also boil two or three fresh garlic cloves in water for five minutes, then crush them and add some salt. Put the mixture in a clean cloth and place it against the affected ear.
  • Consuming two to three cloves of raw garlic daily also helps speed up the healing process.

3. Basil

You can also use holy basil to treat minor earache and ear infections. It can relieve ear pain as well as reduce infection.

  • Crush four to five fresh holy basil leaves gently to extract the juice. Apply the basil juice on or around the infected ear. Avoid getting the juice in the ear canal.
  • You can also mix a few drops of holy basil oil with an equal amount of carrier oil like coconut oil. Soak a cotton ball in the mixture and gently wipe just inside the ear, around the outer edge and behind the ear. Repeat the process twice daily.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

To get rid of the fungus that may be causing the ear infection, apple cider vinegar is a good option.

  1. Mix one part apple cider vinegar with an equal amount of water or alcohol. Soak a cotton ball in the solution.
  2. Put the cotton ball in your ear like a plug and leave it for about five minutes.
  3. Remove the cotton ball and lay down on your opposite side to drain the liquid from the ear. Use a hair dryer to dry your ear as much as possible.

If apple cider vinegar is not available, you can use white vinegar. If the cause of the ear infection is in the Eustachian tubes, try gargling with apple cider vinegar.

5. Olive Oil

One of the main causes of an ear infection is wax in the ear catching some fungal or bacterial growth leading to a blockage in the Eustachian tubes. You can easily clear the obstruction with the help of olive oil.

  1. Warm some olive oil slightly. Put a few drops of the warm oil into the infected ear.
  2. The oil will cause the wax to soften. Remove the infected wax with cotton-tipped swabs. Be careful not to put the swab too far in the ear or you might damage the eardrum.

Alternatively, you can also use mustard oil.

6. Warm Water Bottle

As soon as possible, apply some heat to the infected ear. This will quickly relieve some of the pain and will also prevent micro-organism infestation.

  • Press a warm water bottle or heating pad against the ear.
  • You can also use a warm compress. Dip a clean washcloth in lukewarm water, ring out the excess water and then place the washcloth on the infected ear.
  • Do not apply heat to the ear for long periods of time. Start with five minutes, remove the heat for a while and then repeat the process as needed.

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117 thoughts on “Home Remedies for Ear Infections”

  1. t y,,,, for ur help,,,, I always had trouble with my ears ,, from age 3 to 41,,, n idk,, I get ear infections a lot,, , I am gonna let my family no about ur site,,, a lot of us has ear infections,, ty ,, hv a wonderful week end ,,,,, betty

      1. I appreciate this list of remedies. I would just like to caution everyone. I read a mans advice who was blogging on this subject and he said that a person using apple cider vinegar should NEVER combine it with water. He posted that a doctor gave him this advice and explained to him that no matter how sterile the water may be…microorganisms can be in and in this man’s case he ended up with a rip-roaring inner and outer ear infection when he used apple cider vinegar together with water…Hope this advice helps someone..

        1. I think you have to sterilize the water first by boiling? Also, I would only use bottled, filtered water, not regular from the tap.e

        2. Leslie, if vinegar is best on the market germ killer i do not think that any bacteria will survive swimming in it….but on the other hand there is no harm in being too cautious. So don’t swim in rivers, pools etc cause you never know what will splash in your year ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. I am currently suffering from a ear infection. I was home, in pain, found this blog and i tried the warm olive oil drops and also i ate 1 garlic clove. About 15 mins later my pain dropped from about a 8 to a 2. I will definitely continue this treatment.

    1. These remedies are old, tried and true, except for drying the ears with a blow dryer. I was told that the warm, continuous air can damage the almost invisible hair in the ear and affect your hearing. Has anyone had that problem after using a blow dryer? I would think that it would have to be used frequently.

  2. tthanks for these remedies, my son was in pain and crying uncontrolably just after midnight,(the thought of going to the clinic was just a pain to me too) on trying the first remedy of warm water my child ‘s pain was gone in a few minutesand we both slept well the rest of the night

      1. Me and my son was up all night. Finally I tried the warm wash cloth and compressed his ear with it. He went to sleep in the matter of 5 mins. Thanks for this site. It’s freezing cold in Maryland and I did not want To take him to the doctor.???

  3. Question about the Apple cider remedy…
    do i take the cotton ball out while lying down, and blow drying.. or do i leave it in..
    so far so good ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Thanks so much for the natural remedies…my boyfriend was suffering from a painful ear infection and used the salt remedy for relief and to reduce swelling…just one suggest, microwaving a cup of salt nearly blew my microwave out so instead I heated it as if I were melting chocolate. I boiled a pot of water and sat a wide melt bowl on top… And than placed the salt in the bowl it took a little longer but got hot non the less.

    1. That sounds much more logical, from a physics perspective. Don’t heat things in the microwave that you haven’t considered how the microwaves will affect it.

  5. I would like 2 thnk u the salt remedy wrks wnders trust me I av been in pain 4 3 days nd nw it feels I av no infection at all thank u so much ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I learned something new from visiting this site. I new about the salt as a young child my mama use to treat my ear aches by using it. I knew about the warm oil because i’ve treated my kids but the others I haven’t never heard of. Thanks so much for you info.

    1. The remedy that worked GREAT for me and finally ended a month and a half of suffering from successive ear infections is walnut oil mixed with colloidal silver and tea tree oil (I’m sure olive oil or almond oil would work as well). I didn’t use vinegar because I hate the smell, and it wasn’t needed anyway, as it turns out. Not for me, anyway.

      Before I finally got smart (desparate?) and read this website, I had severe ear infections for a month plus. I took antibiotics for 10 days and 2 days after the antiobiotics ran out, the ear infection was back. Back to the doctor and 10 more days of antibiotics, 2 days later infection back, and so on…

      My left ear drum burst, and for a week after, blood trickled out several times a day. Then my family doctor said she’d never seen such a mess and she sent me to an ENT (Ear Nose Throat specialist), and he said if my ears didn’t clear up in three more weeks, he would make an incision in my ears and put tubes in them. I’m a baby about this kind of thing so I never went back to the ENT. Instead, I finally looked up home remedies. Okay, I’m a slow learner.

      For a month I put drops of my walnut oil, colloidal silver, and tea tree oil mix in my ears morning and night. I never had any more problems. Even when I went swimming. I put this mix in an empty tea tree oil bottle, which is very convenient.

      1. Hello Johannah,
        Please tell the measurements for the Walnut oil, tea tree oil and colloidal silver. I am suffering from 3 months, I took antibiotic 3 times but it doesn’t work. Just mix and pour in the ear. Thank you.

  7. In INDIA we use ground nut oil,put some garlic heat it for a while & put some drops in each ear Garlic healps kill bacteria oil smooth ens wax

  8. Is it safe to dip a a tip in the tree tea oil and place it in the ear? Someone suggested using that for my 4 year old daughter’s possible ear infection!

    Thank you!

    1. Do not put drops in ear. It is too strong because the ear is very sensitive. Diluted tea tree oil is safe to rub on outside of ear and down the throat area for it to sink into skin by the eustacian tube. You always do a skin test to see if any allergic reactions happens. With her being four i would reallly watch your daughter because tee tree oil is toxic if taken internally.

      1. Take 4 inches long white part of leeks and pan fry it until golden- brown. Remove from stove and squeeze the juice out of it in a spoon.Pour the liquid in the infected year an plug it with a cotton ball(please make sure u do not burn yourself, wait until cools down but the liquid should stay pretty warm). Sleep overnight with the plug . In the morning the pain should be gone. My mom used to treat my year infections using this method and it did miracle. Cheers

  9. The salt one works wonders! I easy skeptical to try a home remedy because I’ve had bad luck in the past, but with the heated salt, both my mom and I had instant relief.

    1. I was wondering how did you heat the salt I’ve heard if you heat it in the microwave it will explode?? My dad has a ear infection and it’s swollen.. Any other remedies?

  10. My 3 year old was suffering from ear infection and I used garlic mix with olive oil and it works. I am happy that I don’t have to give him any antibiotics – also I gave him little bit of ginger juice mix with honey – Thank you !

  11. can t-tree oil be mixed with mineral oil, or grape seed oil, or baby oil, or coconut oil? Quick answer is appreciated – I am in pain NOW! Thank you all so much.

  12. Thanks for the list. Just a note- DO NOT put salt in the microwave in a glass! It will crack and shatter the glass like mine did.

  13. Recurring Earaches are caused by food allergies 90% of the time. Find a chiropractor. .naturopathic dr or kinesiologist to determine allergies.

  14. my son no longer gets horriable pain from ear infections he had so many im 3 hr from his doc due to being closer to mine for when i go in labor he has yet another ear infection dang tubes fell out this will make for number 15 im going try the warm compress tonight hope it will help drain out that infection if not im do the garlic oil i know garlic is a good natural antibiotic

  15. Im trying the remedy as we speak and my left eardrum is hurting a lot……. whenever i swallow it hurts. Ive been trying to ignore the pain but as the days go on it has gotten worse so I hope the warm bottle remedy helps me well.

  16. I haven’t tried none of these but with results I hope it works for me ๐Ÿ˜€ โ—€โ†™โžกโ€ผโ€ผโ€ผโ–ชโ‘กโ‘ โ‘กโ‘ขโ‘ฃโ‘ฅโ‘ฆโ‘งโ‘งโ‘จโ‘ฉ

  17. Olive oil was the best for me! I am still doing as I type! My gp told me to get ear wax drops from pharmacy and to use for 7 days 4 times a day for my ear wax,as I was told was hard like a rock, and I was pretty much half def on my left ear, but I tell you what! Don’t go buying the wax ear drops from the pharmacy because it pretty much burnt and made and skin peel inside my ear and raw also very sore than what the actual ear pain origanily was! Then I found this site after a day did the olive oil for three days 4 times a day plugged with cotton ball,( refill coz the cotton ball would soak up) then flushed out with syringe luke warn water and yay all the yucky wax came out! Highly suggest this site! Now I swear by olive oil!

    1. To clean out ear wax you can also get an ear picker, you should be able to find one at a drugstore. They’re used to pull ear wax out of the ear, even if it’s hardened. You shouldn’t use cotton swabs as they just push the wax further in and compact it.

    2. Hi Karen

      i had the same experience, I was told to use otex ear drops which caused chemical burns in both of my ears. My right ear healed but my left ear has been agony i will try the olive oil and garlic. Thanks for sharing.

  18. My doctor told me that the best way to treat an inner ear infection was to use a nasal spray. The only problem was that none of the sprays he prescribed worked. Took matters in to my own hands and ordered one off amazon called sinusothe. I contacted them and they told me how to use it for an ear infection (you bend over and then inhale through your nose and it cleered the infection away. I now use this once a day every other day and have never had another infection. I used to constantly get ear infections.

    1. Thanks for posting that Mike. It is weird but I have found that it seems like many of the over the counter nasal sprays do seem to work better than the ones prescribed by doctors. You just have to be careful not to overuse them because if you do they can end up doing more harm than good.
      Thanks again for posting.

    2. Hi Mike, do you know whether the spray you use would be suitable for a child? My son has one ear infection after another and countless courses of antibiotics which by now have probably messed up his immune system… Thank you.

  19. I have had problems with ear infection all my life like many others here have. I find that rinsing your ear(s) out with peroxide once or twice a day dramatically reduces the time it takes for the infection to go away. I’ve never asked a doctor about this but know it works from experience. I’m not sure if it is recommended by physicians or not but I don’t think it’s harmful in any way and like I said I know it works.
    Good luck with the ears everyone, stay healthy and happy.

    1. Tried peroxide and it helps the discomfort. Souds like asn alkeseltzer inmy ear but seems to clean it out and feels beter.

  20. Ive have had ear infections all my life. But this time was the worst ever. I got my left one well after a month but the right one is raw and full of swelled knots that only go away if I dip a clean cloth in alcohol or warm water and put pressure in it till it drains some of the fluid. Im fixing to try the apple cider one before I lay down and Ill let u know how it works for me. Pam

  21. . i Tried The Hot Water And Garlic Remedies. Woke Up Minutes To One In Pain. Feeling Much Better. Now. Try Sucking On A Glove Of Garlic…It Helps. Thanks alot. Gonna Sleep Now

  22. Okay. Now it’s gotten worse. My mothers ear looks like she’s got herpes. There is this little white thing under her anti-helix, and it’s got a hole at the top! It looks disgusting. It don’t hurt me. My mother almost threw-up last night because it’s so disgusting for her. Somebody please help me. Is the antibiotics going to help the pus draining out of it? Thanks, please help my mother.

    1. I have a severe ear infection right now. Taken Clarithamycin got serious side effects of throat closing. Couldn’t swallow my medication. felt sick and many other side effects. Found out on Internet that this drug can cause death in rate of 76% of cases mostly in women on a 7 day treatment. I have stopped this drug. Dr. Not happy. Given me Amoxicillin. Got more side effects of swollen face and tongue and severe breathing difficulties with weakness in my legs and body. I am stopping now and using a home remedy. Thanks for the input here. I left mine in case it helps others.

  23. Try looking up oregano oil. I’ve heard of people using it in their ears (diluted with a carrier oil), but have also read it’s not advisable to use it in your ears (instead rub it outside the ears).

  24. This is a really helpful article and equally helpful comments from everyone – thanks a lot! I have just one question – the article says: ‘One of the main causes of an ear infection is wax in the ear catching some fungal or bacterial growth leading to a blockage in the Eustachian tubes’ – how does this happen? If there is a wax build-up in the outer ear canal, how does the bacteria get through the ear-drum to cause the blockage of the Eustachian tube? My son has a history of recurring, frequent ear infections and multiple ear-drum perforations; recently, we have been told he carries bacteria called staph. aureus in his nose and ear, he also tends to get very waxy in his ears. Is it possible to stop middle ear infections simply by making sure his ears are free of wax? That would be my dream come true… Please, does anyone know the answer?

  25. Ummmmmmmaha.. Love u dear….
    thanks a lot…..
    it wz midnight(1:00am)and i had a severe ear pain………
    i tried ur garlic and oil remedy and then kept a warm bottle on my ear…..
    and i m so happy it worked out in just 10 min…….
    may God bless u…..

  26. Oh! thanks dear, first salt salution worked wonderfully,after appling few mintues,my child reacived relif and sleeped peacefully. thanks lot.

  27. Ok, I have a 10 yr now screaming with ear ache. It is late and I feel helpless. I gave him dose of Motrin, and desperately reading infor. online about relieving ear ache. But, after reading these comments I tried the warm olive oil. Warmed it slightly in the microwave and dropped two drops in ear. Also elevated his pillow. And I was reading the salt heat pad and remembered my grandmother used to warm some dry rice in a pan on the stove and placed the rice in a sock, tied the end and compressed that on our ear. Worked great. I just tried the warm rice compressor, and I tell you what my son was crying when I started to write his post and by the time I am done writing, he is fast asleep. Me is a happy mommy now… Good night all ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. I forgot to mention, I have a cold, so I am not sure if I have an ear infection, or if my cold is just making my ears feel this pressure, and slightly muffled hearing. However, my cold may have also induced the infection. I’m not really sure, but very concerned.

  29. The salt remedy worked wonders for my daughter! She literally felt the moisture drawing out of her ear and it provided relief for her as well. and it stopped the crying. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Thanks for all of the suggestions. I am 38 and have not had an ear infection since I was just a little kid. I’m going to try the warm compress on my ear and see if it works. This ear pressure makes it hard to do my job.

  31. wow the salt remedy is done miracle for my doughter as well, she was saffaring from ear pain, now instently got relife and stop crying and got sleep. thank you v much ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. The salt in the sock trick was absolutely amazing!!!! All the fluid came out of my ear and the pain and discomfort are gone all in a matter of 2 hours!!!

  33. If I directly heat the salt in a pan will it do?I’ve been suffering from ear infection since 1997. I’ve no pain at present but unbearable itching.Now I’m tired of doing anything for this.The salt treatment seems easy.I Wanna do this as last treat.

  34. I tried the sesame and garlic oil 7 days ago, and it’s doing wonders! I had a plug up ear for months after a bad cold and the problem started to navigate down to my saliva gland and makes my cheek hurt, and I also noticed that I have less saliva when I chew my food. My husband made a batch of the sesame oil and garlic for me and it really healed the pain in my cheek and now my ear problem is almost healed. I don’t have much discomfort in my left ear but just a tiny bit that feels like a little pressure. I would say that it’s 98% healed! I used 4 drops of the oil in my ear once in the morning and once before bedtime. I let my head rest on the table for 5 minutes each time to let the oil completely diffuse inside my ear. After that I sit up and clean the oil out of my ear with a tissue paper (it will come out after you sit up). I clean the outside of my ear with some lavender cologne because it really mass the garlic smell. Since it’s Winter where I’m, I warm up the oil by microwaving an inch of water in a small bowl, and put the small bottle of sesame oil in it for 5 minutes to warm up before putting the drops in my ear. This blog has helped me so much so I want to share my experience for others who have ear problems and nothing else works for them. Also, since I have allergy, I take an Allegra pill each day to help my ear from becoming congested with fluid. If you have severe allergy, you might want to take Allegra-D while treating your ear. I’m very grateful for having found this blog. Hope everyone will get well soon, too!

    1. Hi there, thanks for sharing… I’ e had fluid in my middle ear for 8 months now. What is your recipe for the drops? Thanks

      1. Hi Carol, sorry for not answering you sooner. I used Method #2 of the sesame oil and garlic. It was like a miracle. I had a plugged up ear full of liquid for months, and this concoction totally cured it! It has been 9 months now and it’s still no recurring problem with my left ear! I hope you’ll see this and try it. Good luck!

  35. “I” carefully use a hot hair dryer as SOON as I feel discomfort. It doesn’t hurt to remind your little ones to tell you as soon as something hurts or itches. toesies footsies earsies and so on. Make it fun.

  36. Beata to prevent wax build up use a couple drops of mineral oil in each ear with cotton ball to keep oil in ear. there is no need to heat the mineral oil and it does work well. the other thing yo could do is ask your family doctor if he could use a big syringe of sterile water to clear out his ears with. i know this works for my son and he hasn’t complained of ear pain since.

  37. Having an earache is worse than labour pains!!!Tried an eardrop called Waxol absolute waste of time…Now its time to try the olive oil and warm salt remedy. After reading every1s relief from the pain I reli do have faith it wil help me as well! Thnx guyz.

  38. Instead of salt I used corn meal it stays hotter longer and I heated on the stove in my pan just heat on med and keep string till turned a little brown put it in a dish towel tied it up and pressed it against my ear when bare able felt so good I feel asleep for hours:)which was great because I was in a ot of pain

  39. Thank you so much for this info! My 2 year old also woke up right before midnight in pain because of her ear. I am holding the warm wash cloth to her ear now and she is finally falling asleep. Thanks.

  40. I would like to say these remedies are best even much better then doctor’s prescribed medicines . I was badly in pain whole night early in d morning i visited doctor and he prescribed medicine and ear drops to me even after using medicine i was badly in pain and i was not getting relief from pain for one second , then i used salt procesdure and within few minutes my pain was controled and i was relaxed. Thanks a lot guys for posting such remedies. Once again thank you so much.

  41. Boil water put a bit in cup throw that water away add a little salt two drops of tea tree oil and some garlic then just put some on a cotton wool pad wipe around the ear inside and out place the cotton wool pad on ear then put some hot water in a hot water bottle not to hot tho and lie down head on hot water bottle for ten mins or so this works great for me feels nice done

  42. Hi guys i have been having an infection on my right ear. I used to the salt remedy to treat the pain. I basically heated the cup almost full for 3 mins. Then i layed down on my side and placed the salt filled sock on my right ear. I left it there for 10 minutes straight. I was just wondering was it correct that i laid down on my side or should i been laying down flat. Is it okay if a little bit of salt drips into the ear. I do feel better. Do i have to apply the treatment once everyday. And if so how many days would u recommend?

    Im sorry its just that i been having this horrible pain for a little while now and am a bit paranoid. I hope anybody who has tried it is feeling better.

  43. OK my son was crying in pain and we did vinegar then we used warm coconut oil it worked like charm. stuff floated out of his ear that did not look like earwax and his ear stopped hurting right away.

  44. I was suffering ear infections for long, on and off mode. We went to a specialist then, the prescription works but recurrence took unexpectedly over and over again. I felt so frustrated, irritated and uncomfortable everytime it hits me since uncontrollable fluids are coming out from my right ear.

    Thank you for your post guys, I will try it which one will work for me.

  45. I am suffering from tinnitus , Continious buzz in the ears zzeeeeeeen like noise from last 2 years at starting the noise in the ears was low or little but now its getting louder and louder specially in my rite ear , and i am feeling that i cant here voices when its rush , when t.v or fan is on in the room or when few people speak i have to struggle to listen one’s voice. Feeling constant misery …
    Your help will be giving new life if you have any remidy of this , is there any cure for my ears. thanks

  46. I tried the olive oil one and my ear feels so much better! I used a straw as a dropper if you can’t find one ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. Thanks for this site. I am having ear problem right now I don’t know what to do with it. It will be able to cure my infection.

  48. WOW!!! I AM SO GLAD I READ THIS! I was getting ready to do some X-mas shopping online when my daughter came upstairs crying that her ear hurt. I tried to comfort her but her ear was hurting her so bad and she wouldn’t stop crying. So we went downstairs, heated some salt and within 15 minutes she was fast asleep. It has been over an hour now and she is still sound asleep and I am almost done with my shopping! This remedy was a lifesaver!

  49. I struggled with the WORST inner ear pain for almost 24 hours. After reading this site, I decided to try a heating pad on my right ear. I turned the heating pad up to high and placed it on my ear for approximately 5 minutes. I waited for a short time and felt no relief and ultimately felt defeated ๐Ÿ™
    Much to my surprise, after about 15 minutes my ear began popping like crazy and the pain/pressure disappeared! It was amazing! My ear started oozing a little liquid and i felt brand new! Amazing. Thank you!

  50. I tried grgling with braggs organic aplke cider vinegar really worked if u can stomach taste, keep water or ither beverage handy right after to calm sour bitterness after that gargle! I too afraid put something foreign in ear, is so delicate system your ear, balance, hesring anything inserted e.n.t. said can easily damage petmanantly!
    I went to excellent e.n.t. doc. for 30 years, and he had a solution w a prescription prescribed works wonders to maintain ear cleanliness, and avoid fungal isdues inside and out of ear; has alcohol and peroxide, but dont know exact amount, suggest you go to a good e.n.t. they experts at aears because if u start putting things in ears and do it wrong u can go deaf! also tinnitus is caused often by diet, avoid caffeine like the plague! avoid all table salt in foid and change to low sodium diet, huge help, also my e.n.t. invented a vitamin for timnitus available at walgreens look under over the counter ear health section near pharmacy. it has something from a lemon hey isolate in a vitamin to swallow, but nedd to take 2 at a time, not 1. its nit cheap but really works, sorry cant remember name but look for a vitamin that relieves ear ringing ir tinnutus says on label. my e.n.t. used to give me free at each visit solved fullness and relieves tinnitus big time! an e.n.t. can help isolate the problem to outer ear/inner ear, eustacian tubes etc. excess ringing, plus dizziness or vertigo is a malafy of inner ear, none of the home remedies will resolve, except ginger, eating raw ginger, it, or drinking ginger tea or canada dry gingerale removes nause immediately, this vertigo and tinnitus can be triggered by many things, allergies, hormone imbalance, loud noise,blood sugar, salt is wirst thing for inner ear causes water retention which puts an imbalance on perilymph and endolymph sac which controls your delicate balance system and tinnitus is first symptom, is called menieres disease, causes permanant deafness eventually unless changes in diet snd lifestyle are not immediate. u nedd help of a good e.n.t. who specializes in menieres , balance disorders and tinnitus. I have had menieres disease for 20 years and because I was under the care of excecellent specialist I am in the 1% who still have my hearing! my doc said never let them operate on my ear for this problem because is a destructive surgery cayses deafness and removes tinnutus because they collapse ear! was my guage of how to tell if a goid e.n.t. if they push operation, then run dont walk out of office! If they know nothing about menieres disease, run faster if u have a tinnitus, ringing problem, fullness or pain, could be sign of other very serious condition like a brain tumour, a good e.n.t. will order m.r.I. to rule out a.s a.p. I also have tuleo phenomenon, and that is hypersensitivity to loud noise. which like an emergency siren or lawn mower, train, boombox, airplane of higher decibels can also trigger tinnutus, severe vertigo, nauseu, diziness, and complete incapacitation, for a few days where u are spinning and cant walk, and laying down doesnt help, so the e.n.t. will prescribe mevlizine, or antivert, but over the counter bonamine is same thing, for severe cases they may prescribe diazepam, it basically knocks u out. make sure any other meds u take are low sodium or ototoxic because can also trigfer tinnitus, dizziness, nausea, symptoms. when u are about to go deaf you will have hypersensitive hearing, my e.n.t. got me to get specially custom made earshields u wear all the time, also I wear bose noise cancelling headphones, which is a newer technology for tinnutys/ear ringing the noise in headphones, cancels out the noise ringing in ear and outside nouses gives si much relief, also I wear 32 nrr headphones out doors this has saved me from going deaf, all suggested from my excellent e.n.t. for padt 29 years, doctors cant believe I still have my hearing with such severe case if menieres and tulio phenomenon! the pain of inner ear can be as sharp and painful as an outer ear infection only an e n.t. spevialist is qualified to determin the cause and spared me from losing my hearing completely. if u start monkeying around, purting whatever in it, w such a delicate instrument as youru ears u will pay later, with irreversible damage. Is worth the investment to avoid total deafness disability especially if u have long history of ear problems! also e.n.t. has soecialty instruments to lokk deeper into ear and clean deeper and help maintain your ear health so u dont end up w tons wax buildup that ultimately causes alk the problems and pain people describing here. please use home remedies w great caution because every persons physiology is different and onr size fits all approach is a bandaid temp. solution that could cause long term irriversable damage or disability! Like the guy in news who bought all natural product from australia for building muscle, and weight loss and ended up ruining his kidney, had to have removed and transplant or would die! all his distress and threatening his mortality could have been avoided, so buyer beware! also a reputable pharmacist is a very good resource to find out dryg and natural remedies, vitamins, herbs interactions and side effects befire you experiment on yourself, or yoyr chikdren, talk to genuine experts please! is wotlrth time and investment to get a referral to see reputableefical specialists if u or your child has long term reoccurence of ear problems or any other health problems bevause they can help u isolate root cause instead of just putting bandaid on reoccurring symptoms. may mean the difference between permanant damage and disability or not! also doesnt hurt to shop around and research your specialists, and get more then one opinion, there is old provetb, “wisdom in a multitude of counselors.”

  51. I am currently having an ear infection, I cant hardly hear, it feels plugged, is there anything I can do to unplug my ear safely? someone please help me, its been like this for 4 days and the clinic gave me ibuprofen but its not really help, please help ๐Ÿ™

  52. Oh my God, i have been suffering from ear infection for 6 days now.. I took so much pain reliever I am so afraid that it is going to destroy my liver.. Thanks to you I tried warm compress.. It really works. As I’m typing this, I have a towel pressed on my ear.. Thank you so much!

  53. Cranberry juice. My 2 oldest children when they were younger were getting ear infections regularly when one doctor recommended CJ. Not another ear infection after that and the two youngest have never had an ear infection, just CJ regularly.

  54. thanks for the remedies have a chronic ear infection which makes me to leave with pains it has been like that for ages and i have gone through an operation but since from the operation am experiencing a lot of problems i don’t know if all this mentioned remedies can be an answer for my problem. i will be happy if i can be helped because i don’t know what to do i have being to different ENE but there’s no help. im always taking pain killers and antibiotics they should always be in my hand bag. im will try and let everyone know my results so to help others.

  55. When I tried the apple cider vinegar remedy, I lost my hearing in my left ear and it hasn’t come back yet even after i drained it and cleaned it.

  56. Very interesting- we have also done garlic on the feet (crushed garlic+coconut oil, mixed and spread on bottom of feet); quickly put on cotton socks that are soaked in ice water and wrung out just before donning. Then place woolsocks over top to keep warm. The initial cold therapy shocks system and garlic draws out toxins- great for colds which tend to start the ear infection process in my little girl! We apply at night and let her sleep with it on. The cranberry juice note was super interesting as well, as the ears are connected with the kidney system! I don’t know too much on this but look into healing your kidneys if you have recurring ear infections!

  57. I put a few drops of tea tree oil in my ear and then use a cotton ball to keep the oil from escaping. Heads up, the tea tree oil feels like it burns a bit, but that sensation goes away. It’s one of the few home remedies I found that actually works for the pain and heals my chronic ear infections. The pain doesn’t subside right away, but before I know it, I no longer feel pain. My doctor told me that my stuffy sinuses is what causes my ear infections. Only surgery can correct the sinuses, so I just fight ear infections instead of opting for surgery.

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