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Ear Pain Relief

Sonia Nair May 10, 2019
Most people find ear pain intolerable and excruciating, as it affects their daily activities. Let us take a look at the various options for ear pain relief.
Ear pain, which is scientifically termed 'otalgia', may not be always related to ear problems. It can be caused by infection of the teeth, tonsils, or sinuses. Hence, otalgia or ear pain is classified as primary and referred types.
The former originates from the inner ear due to causes, like infection or obstruction; whereas referred ear pain is caused by a condition that develops outside the ear, like sinus infections. It has been observed that more than 50% of the reported cases of ear pain are referred ones.

Prescribed Medication

As in case of any other medical condition, it is always better to consult your health care provider, in case of ear pain. A doctor can analyze the condition, and pinpoint the exact cause. He may prescribe some medicines, including ear drops.
In case of ear infection, the prescribed drugs may include some oral antibiotics to reduce the inflammation, and some steroidal ear drops. This is the best method for ear pain relief in kids, as it is not advisable to take any chances.

Over-the-counter Medication

Many people resort to over-the-counter medication for relief from ear pain. These medicines are easily available in supermarkets and pharmacies. They include pain killers and ear drops. If the pain does not subside within 24 hours, you have to consult your health care provider immediately.
In case of over-the-counter medication, make sure to follow the instructions given on the label. It is better to avoid such medicines, especially aspirin, for earache in children.

Natural Remedies

As far as ear pain relief is concerned, you may find a wide range of home remedies. The most popular among them are basil, garlic, mustard seed oil, and chewing gum. Extract the juice of basil leaves, and put two drops in the affected ear. If basil leaves are not available, you can use the juice of garlic cloves.
You can even crush some boiled garlic cloves with a pinch of salt and apply it as poultice, on the affected ear. Some people use hydrogen peroxide as ear drops. A few drops of lukewarm oil is said to be good for ear pain relief. Chewing gum is also helpful in providing relief from ear pain, by opening the blocked Eustachian tube.
Even though, there are many ways to counter ear pain, the preferred and safest way is to consult a doctor. Meanwhile, you can adopt preventive measures. Avoid use of safety pins and cotton swabs inside the ear. Protect yourselves from constant exposure to loud noises.
Cover your ears properly during extreme cold conditions, use ear plugs while swimming, and beware of flu and allergies, which can cause ear pain. While mild ear pain may subside on its own, severe and persistent ear pain requires immediate medical attention.
Disclaimer: This is for informational purposes only and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice. Visiting your physician is the safest way to diagnose and treat any health condition.