An earache can be painful. According to NHS is it the most common reason for parents to call out-of-hours doctor services about their child.
It is more common in children than it is in adults. The pain from an earache can be constant or it may come and go. Also, it is signified by redness, pain, and itching of the outer ear.
Causes of earaches
Just as the pain from an earache affects people in different ways, there are a variety of causes of an earache. Some of them affect the ear itself, others are from conditions affecting areas close to the ears.
Common reasons for Earache Include:
– Fluid build up in the eardrum (glue ear)
– Infection of the ear canal outside the eardrum (otitis externa)
– Eczema in the ear canal ( seborrhoeic dermatitis)
– Injury in the ear canal
– Blockages in the ear
– Throat infections (including tonsillitis) and colds
– Jaw pain
Symptoms of the Earache
As well as ear pain, earache from an ear infection can be especially troublesome for children and babies. Symptoms include:
– Mild pain or discomfort inside the ear
– A feeling of pressure inside the ear that persists
– Hearing loss
– Fussiness in young infants
– Pus-like ear drainage
Although earaches are so common, most people rely on painkillers and antibiotics to relieve the symptoms. However, there are few different natural remedies that have been successful for earaches.
A simple remedy to make is garlic and mullein flower oil. This mixture will help fight infection and relieve pain as well.
Garlic has antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties, making it an awesome natural treatment for an ear infection and earache. It is also warming and stimulates the healing blood flow to the area.
On the other hand, mullein flower is a natural analgesic helping to reduce pain and inflammation associated with ear infections.
Garlic and mullein flower oil
– 1/4 cup fresh mullein flowers (you can also use dried flowers)
– 3 garlic cloves, chopped
– Cold pressed olive oil
– Chop the garlic into small pieces. Place the garlic and mullein flowers in a small glass jar with a lid.
– Cover the mullein flowers with olive oil and allow to sit in a warm area for several days, or heat over very low heat for 4 hours.
– Strain the oil through cheesecloth and store your oil in a small dropper bottle in the refrigerator.
How to use
Warm the oil to body temperature by placing the bottle of oil in a glass of hot water for a few minutes. Insert 2-3 drops in the affected ear 2-3 times per day.
Note: If there is fluid oozing from the ear or any chance that the eardrum is perforated do not use the ear oil and consult your doctor.