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Middle ear infection - hearing loss

Use a mustard plaster to drain an inner ear infection. This is not suggested for children or infants because it WILL cause a very red sun burn to the skin.

I tried this home cure after trying many home remedies (mostly ear drops) that did not work for me. My ear infection was associated with a very bad case of the flu and fluid build-up in the lungs. After a month, I still had the ear infection and hearing loss in the ear.

This home cure is a version of applying heat to the skin behind the ear to drain the fluid buildup. You may want to try other methods of heat application to the area behind the ear before trying this.

Mustard plaster home cure:
Make a mustard plaster in a small bowel using 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder and 2 tablespoons flour. Add warm water and mix with a spoon.

Cut a strip of gauze, flannel, or cloth so you have a strip that is about 1 1/2 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. Place the strip on a piece of Scotch tape. Spread the mustard plaster on the strip. If you have long hair, pin it up so you have access to the area behind the infected ear. Place the mustard plaster strip on the skin that is immediately behind the ear.

I left the strip on for 2 hours and then removed it. The skin was pink/red and I still had a hearing loss. The next day I had what appeared to be a bad sun burn -- but my hearing had returned.

WARNING: When you use a mustard plaster, you should check the skin to see if the skin is getting pink about every half hour for the first hour - and every 15 minutes after the first hour. I think this may work because the skin gets a slight burn and the heat (the burn) remains after the mustard plaster is removed.

How long should the mustard plaster be on the skin? I left this on for 2 hours and got a significant red skin burn (but it did work). You may want to try this for just one hour the first time you try it and see if that works for you. When the skin is pink, remove the mustard plaster. Absolutely do not leave this on more than 2 hours. Note that when you use a mustard plaster, you do not feel a heat build up when the plaster is on the skin. Again, remember to check for the 'pink' skin color at 15 minute intervals when you leave this on for more than 1 hour.

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