How to Cure an Earache: 12 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Cure an Earache: 12 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Cure an Earache: 12 Steps (with Pictures)

One estimate came to the conclusion that up to 70% of children have suffered from an ear infection by the age of three and that many adults are also affected by the same symptoms. While serious infections need immediate medical attention, as they can cause permanent hearing loss, the use of home remedies and medical advice will likely solve minor problems, as these are ways of treating the problem that have been around for centuries. Avoid home remedies as a substitute for a doctor's appointment; if you are not sure how to prepare or medicine or something, consult a professional.


Part 1 of 3: Using recommended medical advice

Cure an Earache Step 1

Step 1. To soothe inflammation in the ear, apply heat to the area

Heat can relieve pain quickly.

  • Apply a warm compress to the painful ear. It is possible to prepare a hot compress using a cloth, dipping it in hot water and wringing it out. Another option is to use compresses or hot water bags sold in pharmacies. Do not leave it peeling as this can burn the skin. Keep the compress over your ear as long as you like; if you prefer, try applying ice first. Place an ice pack (wrapped in a towel) under the hot spot for 15 minutes, then place a warm compress on the same spot for another 15 minutes. Repeat the process two to three times.
  • Hold a hair dryer at arm's length to your ear and turn it on to “low” or “hot” intensity. Avoid “very hot” or “high” intensities.
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Step 2. Administer over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs

Some good options are ibuprofen or acetaminophen, as long as the package insert instructions are followed.

Be aware that the dose for children usually depends on their weight. Avoid giving aspirin to anyone under the age of 18 as it can cause Reye's Syndrome. This is a rare but very serious disease that attacks the brain and liver

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Step 3. See a doctor

Go to the doctor or an emergency room immediately if any of the following events occur: symptoms persist for more than five days in adults, more than two days in children, if pain affects a baby less than eight weeks old, there is stiffness in the neck or a fever. Despite being common, earaches can progress to serious infections and other complications if left untreated.

  • If the cause of the earache is bacterial, your doctor may prescribe antibiotic treatment to counteract the infection, along with pain relievers to reduce the pain.
  • If left untreated, an ear infection can cause permanent hearing loss, so it is important to seek treatment if symptoms worsen or persist.

Part 2 of 3: Trying Unproven Home Remedies

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Step 1. Clean your nose

Earaches are often caused by fluid accumulation in the Eustachian tube, which is a small canal that connects the ear, nose, and throat. By cleaning the nose, it is possible to relieve pressure on the eardrum.

  • Try spraying a little saline water into the child's nostril, followed by suction of the liquids.
  • The Nose Frida nasal aspirator and similar are good options for clearing nasal secretions.
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Step 2. Gently shake your ear

Earaches can put pressure on the Eustachian tube (Eustachian tube) and can be relieved by rocking or pulling the ear (similar to pressure on airplanes). This process causes fluids trapped in the channel to drain.

Hold the ear with your thumb and index finger close to your face and gently rock the ear and ear as much as possible without causing discomfort. Another option is to “yawn”, even if you don't feel like it. The movement is similar to waving the Eustachian Horn

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Step 3. Inhale steam

The hot steam can help drain the Eustachian tube (literally making the nose run), relieving pressure on the inside of the ear. Adding medications or pleasant odors to steam (in an inhalation, for example) can have the same effect as a mild anesthetic against earaches.

  • In a bowl, prepare a steam inhalation by adding several drops of eucalyptus essential oil or a teaspoon of Vick syrup or similar to nearly boiling water.
  • Place a towel over your head and inhale the steam through your nose three times a day until the pain subsides. Doing so helps open the Eustachian channels, lowering pressure and helping to drain fluid from the ear.
  • Do not place a young child's head under a towel and over a bowl of boiling water, as this can burn the child's head or even drown the baby. Instead, apply some Vick BabyRub or similar products. They are meant to be applied directly to the chest and back of babies. Then hold it over the hot shower or let the little one play in the bathroom while the hot water runs off. The created vapor will mix with the medication vapors, creating a relief effect.
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Step 4. Try using olive oil

To relieve pain, put a few drops of warm oil in your ear. Olive oil helps fight irritation in the irritated inner part of the ear.

  • The bottle can be placed in a small glass of hot water for a few minutes, making it warmer. Pour the oil directly into the ear, closing it – without applying too much force – with a cotton ball.
  • For babies, it's best to use this method while they're sleeping, so it's easy to set them aside to keep the oil in place. Do not put cotton balls in a baby's ear.
  • Know that there is no scientific proof of this method, with the exception of the placebo effect.
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Step 5. Use garlic and mullein oil

Garlic oil has been proven to have antibiotic properties, in addition to being considered a natural anesthetic.

  • Garlic and mullein oils are available from health food stores.
  • Warm up the oil (make sure it's not breaking out by pouring a few drops into your own fist) and then use an eyedropper to put a few drops into your ear twice a day.
  • Again, this Method has no scientific proof.
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Step 6. Try the lavender oil

Although it is not recommended to apply lavender oil directly to the ear, it can be massaged on the outside. It is said to improve circulation and drainage inside. Also, the very smell of lavender oil can reduce pain.

  • Mix a few drops of lavender oil with a carrier oil (such as olive oil or fractionated coconut oil) and gently massage the outside of the ear as needed.
  • Other essential oils that supposedly decrease pain and improve internal circulation are: eucalyptus, chamomile, oregano, thyme, rosemary and tea tree oil.
  • Again, there is no scientific support for this method. There are no studies that prove the health benefits of essential oils.

Part 3 of 3: Avoiding Ear Pain

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Step 1. Beware of the cold virus

One of the most common causes of earache is the common cold. Although there is no cure for the virus, there are some steps to take precautions and avoid contracting the problem.

  • Wash your hands regularly, especially after visiting public places and before eating. If you cannot use a sink to wash your hands, use alcohol hand sanitizers. The cold virus is known for its resistance, being able to live for many hours on surfaces. So, even if no one around you seems to be sick, there is still the possibility of catching a cold just by visiting a market or going to the library, for example.
  • Exercise regularly. People who exercise more regularly have better immune responses, that is, their bodies are able to cope with the infection and resist the virus more effectively.
  • Adopt a vitamin-rich, balanced diet. Eat whole foods with lots of nutrients, focusing on fruits, vegetables and lean proteins. Plant phytochemicals such as peppers, oranges and dark leafy vegetables help with vitamin absorption. Therefore, the best option is to stick to natural foods in relation to vitamins to strengthen the immune system.
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Step 2. Get tested for allergies

Allergic reactions can cause itchiness and pain in the ear. The environment or allergies to certain foods may also be responsible.

Schedule an allergy test, such as a blood count or skin prick test. The result will provide information on the types of allergens that may be responsible for ear irritation, such as dairy products, animal hair or ambrosia

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Step 3. Avoid ear infections in babies

This condition is common in babies, but it can be reduced or avoided using certain feeding strategies.

  • Get your child vaccinated. One of the most common infectious agents in ear infections is fought through routine vaccines.
  • Try to breastfeed for at least the first 12 months of your baby's life. Breast milk has been shown to contain antibodies that reduce ear infections. As a result, breastfed babies are generally less affected by earaches than those who are formula-fed.
  • When bottle-feeding, hold the baby at a 45-degree angle, never straight and with his back on the surface. This can cause some of the fluid to reach the inside of his ear, causing pain. When your little one is nine to 12 months old, use a smaller bottle to reduce the chance of ear infection associated with bottles.


  • Putting anything in the ear can cause serious damage, worsening the infection or causing hearing loss (temporary or even permanent).
  • Put cotton in the ear canal when taking a shower.
  • When using a steam inhaler, place the bowl in the sink so you don't accidentally spill and burn yourself.
  • If you suspect or know you have a perforated eardrum, do not pour any fluid into your ear.
  • Never insert a cotton swab into your ear; this can puncture the eardrum.
  • It's a good idea to avoid the most common allergenic foods: wheat, dairy, oranges, corn, peanut butter, and all simple carbohydrates like sugar, fruits and juices.

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