1. Heat or Warm Compress
“The most tried and true natural remedy is heat or warm compresses,” shares Brandon Hopkins, MD, at the Head and Neck Institute at The Cleveland Clinic. Make sure the compress is warm, but not too hot. The heat will help blood circulation and work to decrease the pain. “Other indications it is time to see a doctor are if you have a high spiking fever over 102 that doesn’t come down with Tylenol or ibuprofen or if you are generally ill–not eating or drinking,” warns Dr. Hopkins. “Also if the ear pain is not relieved by Tylenol or ibuprofen or using heat, then you should seek medical care.”
2. Vinegar or Apple Cider Vinegar
Lately, apple cider vinegar has been having a health renaissance. People use it on their hair, skin, and drink it to help with the immune system. But Dr. Hopkins isn’t sure this is such a tried and true method when it comes to earache remedies. He adds that vinegar and apple cider vinegar may be helpful in loosening ear wax before removal, so if your earache is from a clogged up ear, then try adding a few drops of vinegar to your ear, then letting it drip out onto a washcloth. (No, you really can’t put a Q-Tip in there.)
3. Mineral Oils
Some earache remedies don’t hold universal cure for all earaches because there are many different types of ear pain. “I don’t commonly recommend using mineral oils to treat ear pain, although I do recommend mineral oil upon occasion if the pain is caused by dry, cracked skin in the ear canal,” shares Dr. Hopkins. So it’s important to figure out why your ear is bothering you. Some tips to this: Outer ear infections come with a lot of pain, such as when you tug at your ear. “Middle ear infections typically do not come with pain when the ear is wiggled,” says Dr. Hopkins. A more serious ear infection will also be accompanied by a fever, cold, sinus problems, or a cough.
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