Every human suffers from ear infections at least once in his lifetime. Bacteria, virus or fungi can get trapped and cause terrible ear infections.
Although children are prone to more ear infections than adults, poor hygiene can make it very likely for an adult to get an ear infection. Common cold and flu, allergies, pollution, smoking, and irritants can cause many types of ear infections.
While there are many ear drops or over-the-counter medicines available to treat ear infections in both adults and children, there might be some side-effects too.
So when you take these medicines or use these drops, you can also try some home remedies that can help in the treatment of various ear infections.
Since most infections start with a sign or symptom, it is important to identify them. If you suffer from an earache, fever, discharge from the ear or loss of balance, you must start taking precautions to control the ear infection.
Inflammation, swelling and earaches are the first few signs of an ear infection. You should not ignore these at all.
Consider the following herbal home remedies to treat your ear infection before it worsens. You may also do these remedies with medicines.
1. Garlic Oil
Garlic is said to have many properties that can be very beneficial for the treatment of an ear infection: it has antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. Since ear infections are mainly caused due to viruses, bacteria and fungi, garlic is an excellent ingredient to treat your ear infections.
Many doctors, pharmacists and old people believe that the topical application of garlic can ease an earache. Many eardrops also have garlic oil in them as it is very effective and potent.
Garlic oil is easily available at a local store or you can mix garlic paste in olive oil to make its oil.
You can put two drops of warm garlic oil (tolerable) in the ear and let it rest for 10-15 minutes. Repeat this process twice daily.
Consumption of ginger on a regular basis can help your body become immune to such infections. Since ginger has antimicrobial, antibacterial, antivirus, anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties, it can help reduce and cure ear infections in most adults and children.
You can simply peel ginger’s skin and mash an inch of it. Add some drops of water and heat the paste well so it becomes an oil-like thick liquid.
You can put two to three drops of warm ginger oil in the outer ear canal or inside the ear.
Do this at least twice a day to see effective results. Most people see effective results within a day or two. It can reduce earaches, swelling and inflammation almost immediately.
The acetic acid of Apple Cider Vinegar is very helpful in the treatment of many fungal and bacterial infections. It is also helpful in the treatment of common cold.
If your ear infection is due to common cold, you may drink a spoon of Apple Cider Vinegar twice daily with water to treat the root cause of ear infection.
Or, if the infection is due to unknown factor, you may apply a few drops of it to the outer ear using a dropper bottle.
4. Homemade Ear Drops
Many ingredients can be mashed, combined and squeezed to make a herbal homemade ear drops solution for your ear infection.
You may use ginger, garlic, tea tree oil, mullein, basil leaves or other herbs. Simple crush all of them and put two to three drops at least thrice every day. You may also buy herbal ear drops from a local herb store. These are very effective and have no side-effects at all.
5. Hydrogen Peroxide
This cleaning fluid is used to prevent any dirt, bacteria or virus from building homes in your ears.
Many doctors use it and even medicines have a tiny amount of hydrogen peroxide for cleaning the infected areas. If your ear infection doesn’t subside, you may put a drop or two into your ears to clean them thoroughly. This prevents hearing loss and earaches.
6. Vitamin D and C
Most Vitamins are said to boost our immune system. However, vitamin D and C can do that the best! When our body’s immunity is low, we can barely work and focus.
It is very important to take care of your immunity or the ear infection may soon spread to your through and respiratory tract.
You may consume herbal teas or eat fruits and vegetables that have vitamin D and C in them.
7. Hot-Cold Remedy
If the ear infection is giving you too much earache, you have an excellent remedy right here. Allow a hot pad to rest on your ear for ten minutes and then replace it with a cold pad.
This boosts the flow of oxygen in the blood and thus, all toxins, bacteria, viruses and fungi will be flushed out.
Doing this at least twice a day can be proven to be very effective.
Gargling may seem weird in this list as we’re talking about ears and not throats. However, remember that the veins and nerves are connected and related.
Saltwater gargle can relieve sore throat and earaches when you suffer from a common cold. Also, adding turmeric to this solution can heal many ear infections as the gargle cleans up your throat, respiratory tract and auditory nerves.
Taking steam on and in the infected ear and relax and calm your nerves so much. The pain will be reduced and you will immediately feel better.
It clears up the Eustachian tubes or the auditory tubes so your hearing power is restored and the pain is subsided.
Taking steam on a regular basis on the out ear is generally advised so there is no congestion and you remain immune to such infections.
10. Onion Juice
Using an onion juice as an ear drop is a very traditional remedy for ear infections. The flavanoid in onions, quercetin, has anti-inflammatory properties.
Hence, when you put some ear drops, it immediately subsides the inflammation and reduces earaches. Onion juice can also prevent fever and additional infection.
Since ear infections are extremely common, you may try any of these home remedies at the very instant you get to know about the infection.
While performing home remedies on kids, always use a very generous amount of herb or any ingredient as they might be allergic to it.
As for adults, some herbs or ingredients may have allergic effects in rare cases. In such cases, please contact your doctor immediately.
Diagnoses of the allergen is very urgent and important. So make sure that while you’re treating the infection at home, you maintain a good eat hygiene simultaneously too.
A good ear hygiene can prevent risks of future ear infections.
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