Natural Remedies Earache
Earache is another common problem faced by children or adults. But it occurs more in children than in adults. Earache occurs mostly when one is in flight or exposed to cold conditions.
Main reasons for the pain in the ear attributes to
■ Taking bath in a hurried manner and not cleaning the water in the ears. The water gets trapped in the ear and causes infection. This occurs after swimming or in the humid weather. Bacteria that cause infection grow fast in the moisture and cause pain in the ear.
■ Sometimes a minor injury or an attempt to clean the ear with objects that causes the skin to break or allows the bacteria to enter the ear.
■ It can also be followed by Sinusitis, upper respiratory tract infection, common cold, a sort of buzzing sound in the ear and deafness, bottle feeding children while lying flat, Pressure differences like taking a flight, if some one hits or having a fall.
■ One is affected with earache, when the Eustachian tubes (the tubes leading from throat to the middle ear) gets plugged. It usually occurs at night when a person sleeps. This is because we stop using the throat muscle and the Eustachian muscle gets congested, hence we feel the pain.
It is very difficult to find a medical remedy at an odd hour. However, earache can be treated at home using natural remedies. These remedies have been in use since very ancient times and proved to have given good results.
In children, we can make out the problem when they are not comfortable at the sound of TV at which we all enjoy. Small babies keep tugging at the ears and we can make out that they are having some problem in the ear.
A few remedies to get rid of earache
■ Clean a small piece of ginger in running water, peel off the skin and extract the juice. Drain these juices in a clean muslin cloth, make it a little warm and put 2 to 3 drops with the dropper in each ear. Repeat this 2, 3 times a day to get relief from earache.
■ Take two cloves of garlic, few leaves of drumstick and a small piece of radish. Peel the garlic cloves, wash drum stick leaves and radish thoroughly and extract the juice of all the three. Drain these juices in a clean muslin cloth; warm a little and put 2 to 3 drops of it with a dropper in each ear 2 or 3 times a day.
■ Crush an onion and extract a spoonful of juice, drain it and warm a little and put 4 drops in the ear at least 3 times a day to get relief from pain.
■ Sometimes earache is caused due to flying. In such a situation pop a chewing gum. This is a good exercise to throat muscle and would relieve you from earache.
■ If the pain is due to swimming, then put few drops of some mineral oil in the ears before you go to swim.
■ Take few mango leaves and wash them thoroughly and extract juice from them, filter in a clean cloth, make the juice little warm and put 2 to 3 drops in each ear to get relief from pain.
■ Take few leaves of caster plant apply little til oil to them, warm (not too hot but bearable) them and give fomentation to the ear to get relief from the pain.
■ Sometimes earache occurs due to exposure to cold wind. In such a situation one should take precaution and cover the ears before leaving the house this protects the ears from the cold winds.
Most earaches resolve after one or two days of treatment. If the complications arise because of ear infection such as recurrent pain, fever, loss of hearing, and nausea etc. One should consult a medical practitioner or an ENT specialist.
In infants, the symptoms include vomiting, irritability and poor sleeping and feeding. Infants under the age of 8 weeks, who develop fever should be taken to the doctor immediately. Individuals who have fever, headache, vomiting, neck stiffness, lethargy and hearing loss associated with earache should also consult a doctor.
By N Suguna