The excruciating ear pain kills a good night sleep, for both, the parents and the child. Ear infection is as common as the common cold. Otitis media or ear inflammation is an infection of the middle ear. It is called the 'middle ear infection', because it affects the area between the eardrum and the inner ear. Fortunately, a home remedy can help pacify the pain, till you see the doctor.
What Causes an Ear Infection?
An infection is caused when germs or bacteria enter the body and disrupt its functioning. With the same logic, an ear infection is a result of unwanted organisms existing in the ear. The bacteria cause trouble in the middle ear area, filling the pocket with pus or septic fluid. The fluid makes the ear bloat up, leaving the ear in unbearable pain. The condition is common in kids below 3 years old. Underdeveloped Eustachian tube, a passage between throat and middle ear, is the reason for such infections. The child may contract a cold, which may lead to an infection or vice-a-versa.
Ear Infection Natural Treatment
These remedies use herbs to reduce the infection of the middle ear.
Garlic, a natural antibiotic, cures many human illnesses. Put a few drops of garlic juice in the ear. Take a blow dryer, holding it 12-15 inches away from the ear, blow warm air into the ear. This will remove trapped water in the Eustachian tubes.
Colloidal silver is a natural antibiotic. In case of ear pain, it can be used for ear wash. Colloidal silver can be consumed orally too. It's a recommended natural cure for ear infection.
Vitamin C is known to boost and strengthen your immune system. So, consuming vitamin C, through your daily diet to combat infections, is very essential.
Zinc also helps in reducing ear infections. Doctors do recommend zinc supplements for recurrent ear infections. However, having zinc as a part of your dietary intake can also help in dealing with ear infections.
Take chamomilla (extract of the flower) if the ear is red and hot. This will help ease out the paroxysms of ear pain.
If the pain has rendered the ear too sensitive to touch, take hepar sulph.
Vitamin E Oil Capsules
Capsules are the safest way of injecting healing oil in the ear. It can be pierced with sterilized needle or pin and put into the ear. Vitamin E is an effective home remedy.
Add a drop of essential oil of peppermint and calendula to almond oil, and put it in the ear.
Clove oil is also an effective remedy for curing ear infections.
To avoid frequent ear infections, keep the ear as dry as possible. While swimming, use clean and dry ear plugs. Weak sinuses also are a cause of infections. To avert ear infection due to sinus, use daily decongestant or antihistamine. Consult a doctor, before you take any antibiotics or use drops to prevent buildup of fluid.
A common cold results in an ear infection, so it's wise to keep your child indoors in winters. Avoid going out in public. Keep the ears clean, and remove the earwax every 15 days. This will reduce the possibility of many ear problems. Many times, earwax also causes pain, which may be mistaken as ear infection. Before you try out any home remedies, see an ENT specialist. A specialist will definitely have an effective remedy, than a trial and error method done at home.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is solely for educating the reader. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a medical expert.