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Home Remedies for Ear Infections and Aches

A list of home remedies for the topic Ear Infections and Aches.

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208 home remedy submissions for Ear Infections and Aches

Submitted by Alec at 2014-03-16 21:59:42

this might sound nasty but it works!! pee In a cup and get a dropper and put 2drops in the ear that is hurt or infected. this takes about 5 minutes to work but then it feels amazing.

8 comments | rating: 5 (20 votes) |  
Submitted by SuperMom at 2014-03-02 09:40:30

Take a cup of Mustard oil (available in Indian grocery stores) heat it and add 3 tablespoon of Ajwain seeds (carrom seeds) (only available in Indian grocery stores)

bring it to a boil, let it cool. seive it and remove the seeds. Add 3-4 drops of oil in the affected ear, 3 times a day. My child was suffering from ear infections we had got tubes, but then I came to know this remedy, I did it for my second child and she never had any issues with ear infection again.

1 comments | rating: 8 (3 votes) |  
Submitted at 2014-02-01 03:15:37

For ear problems, rub 100% essential oil of lavendar behind, just in front and about an inch or so below your ear that's giving you issues. Works wonders!! And no need to put anything in your ears!

0 comments | rating: 6 (13 votes) |  
Submitted at 2014-01-23 01:19:13

I have tried alcohol, netti pots (not in ear but normal use), gargling salt water, special ear ache drops from GNC, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, willow bark extract, chiropractor....nothing works. Pain is so bad I've been to 2 doctors today who've done nothing (say my ear is clean and no infection) and will see a 3rd tomorrow for pain.

Right now I'm using a heat pad then I'm going to use peroxide to clean my ear out followed by pain relieving ear drops.

I work in a call center and the fact that both docs say even with severe pain I shouldn't have trouble at work just irritates me. I'm in so much pain I can't sleep, I'm dizzy, and also nauseous.

12 comments | rating: 8 (10 votes) |  
Submitted by DO2GOOD at 2014-01-07 09:53:39

hydrogen peroxide.. soak cotton ball or drops in ear....

0 comments | rating: 7 (18 votes) |  
Submitted by Laurel at 2013-10-07 14:25:21

My mother is an audiologist and I've learned along the way ear drops NEVER work they make it worse take some Tylenol extra strength and put a hot compress down on your pillow with your bad ear on it and take a nap works like a charm to loosen wax take a hot wash cloth and soap and rub it around the opening of your ear NEVER use q-tips it will make it worse and drink alot of vitamin c and water hot peppermint tea with honey also works like a charm for the sore throat since honey is a natural antibiotic

15 comments | rating: 5 (142 votes) |  
Submitted by Nicole at 2013-08-25 21:31:09

I appreciate all the remedies! I had terrible pain in my left ear. I tried multiple suggestions on this site: the smoke, alcohol, vinegar, peroxide, sea salt, etc. Here's what worked for me:

Fresh, pressed garlic, olive oil, tea tree oil, and aloe vera (all mixed & warmed up) and a few drops in my ear enclosed w/ a cotton ball. I repeated this a couple times and sat with a heating pad to my ear for most of the night. The next morning, pain was 96% gone.

Thank you!

P.S That alcohol mixed w/ vinegar freaking burned after it sat in my ear for a couple minutes!

5 comments | rating: 5 (129 votes) |  
Submitted at 2013-07-08 12:02:28

My ears itch a lot, but putting a little vinegar in them in the morning in the shower makes this go away.

I didn't do this for a few weeks when I was traveling however, and I got a medium bad ear infection that kept coming back. I tried some different remedies - I put vinegar in it repeatedly, which seemed to hold off the infection part, but I still couldn't hear and the infection kept coming back. I also tried the onion method, and it seemed to help a little, but not a lot.

Then my friend gave me one of those ear bulbs from the drugstore with the solution they come with (carbamide peroxide). I put that stuff in my ear, let it bubble for a few minutes then rinsed it out with the bulb in the shower. A bunch of gross stuff came out and suddenly I could hear! It was amazing and felt better right away. I had been sure there was nothing in my ear because I could put a q-tip or my finger way in there, but I must have gotten stuff right up next to the ear drum (no more q-tips for me!)

I think if you just have a regular ear infection, those other remedies might work, but if there is any blockage, that stuff needs to come out or the infection will keep coming back. The otic rinse solution from the store worked great for me! I feel sooooo much better!

6 comments | rating: 5 (124 votes) |  
Submitted at 2013-06-12 14:04:42

After having numerous bouts of outer ear infections in the last few years, i have come to the conclusion that if the infection is mild, the best remedy is to DO NOTHING. The ENT consultant reckons that i have a type of dermatitis in my ear canal as i also suffer from very itchy scalp, and there is a connection between the two. Pouring stuff like vinegar directly onto scaly, sore skin is only going to inflame the canal. I have been so vigorous trying to keep my ears clean and bacteria free, but have just been told by the Doc that i have another infection!! Its very mild and she didnt think i needed antibiotic eardrops this time, but i know the reason i have it again is that i have been dousing my ears with vinegar/ rubbing alcohol solution when there is no need for it. this strips away the good bacteria as well as the bad. I didnt tell my doctor that i had been using it, as she is constantly telling me 'DON'T PUT ANYTHING SMALLER THAN YOUR ELBOW IN YOUR EAR'!! the ENT consultant did tell me to put vaseline around the outer ear if i felt i needed it, or some warmed olive oil around the canal opening (and some may fall into the canal which is ok). The worst thing you can do is stick Qtips in your ears. I had a very bad habit of sticking hairpins in my ears too, awful i know, but i dont do that anymore. Take vitamin C, eat healthy and let your body fight the infection naturally.

3 comments | rating: 5 (134 votes) |  
Submitted by elizabeth grado at 2013-06-04 13:50:27

Today i woke up with a terrible ear pain. Turns out i have an ear infection. They gave me some pills. but the pain was still there. My grandmother always put a warm towel rag or heating pad on the ear(not in the ear).lay down for about 30 mins and the pain will go away! This also works wen cold but works better warm! Hope it works for you

4 comments | rating: 5 (125 votes) |  

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