How to cure ear infection with home remedies
Otitis is the inflammation of the middle ear and constitutes one of the most common infections, especially in children. The middle ear consists of three parts: in the centre, the middle ear box, connected to the Eustachian tube in the front and behind that, the mastoid. Otitis is the infection and inflammation of the middle ear box lining and usually also affects the Eustachian tube and the mastoid. Normally you just have to undergo a short period of treatment and it is easy to deal with, using anti-inflammatory drugs, analgesics and antibiotics but in severe cases, it may be necessary to resort to surgical treatment. Therefore, it is important to consult a specialist as soon as you notice the first symptoms but, you should know that there are some natural remedies that can help to relieve pain. If you want to know how to cure an ear infection with home remedies, read this OneHowTo.com article to find out.
Otitis can be acute, this is when it suddenly occurs and lasts only a short duration, with effusion, when the ear is not infected, or chronic if it reoccurs frequently over a long period of time. In all cases it is important to note that home remedies are not a substitute for drugs, but a complement to relieve pain and speed the healing process.
One of the most recommended home remedies to reduce infection is dry heat. To do this, take an insulated bag, fill it with hot water, cover with a clean dry cloth and place it on the infected ear. The heat produces a calming and analgesic effect to relieve your earache quickly.
Garlic is a food that has many health and medicinal benefits, among which are its antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties, so it is an excellent home remedy to treat ear infections. So, you should make garlic oil and apply two to three drops in the infected ear with the help of a dropper. To make the oil you must heat a cup of olive oil in a bain marie. Crush two cloves of garlic and add them to the oil when it is hot, remove them after a couple of minutes. When the oil has absorbed the garlic juice, strain it so that you are just left with the liquid and leave it to cool slightly. When it is lukewarm, put it in the dropper and apply. If you have capsules of vitamin E, add them to the oil when it's hot.
Whilst on the subject of oils, lavender is one of the most effective home remedies for pain and inflammation, thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. You can find lavender oil at any health food store or make it yourself by following the instructions in this article how to make homemade lavender oil. Apply two or three drops on the infected ear with a dropper.
Olive oil is a natural remedies for pain relief. Simply heat half a teaspoon of olive oil, soak a cotton ball in it, drain it so that it does not drip and place it at the entrance of the ear, leave it there for an hour.
Eucalyptus is one of the most beneficial plants for the treatment of otitis and for relieving pain. For this, it is best to boil the leaves in water and keep your head and ears above the steam, as they help to disinfect the ear and reduce inflammation. To achieve eucalyptus steam, you have to boil a litre of water with two or three leaves. When it boils, remove from the heat and place in a high-edged container. Then make a paper cone and put the widest part near the container (without allowing it to touch it to prevent wetting the cone) and put the infected ear to near the tip of the cone, so that the steam will penetrate into it more easily. You can use this home remedy before going to sleep.
Camomile is one of the natural teas with the most medicinal properties, as such, it is a widely used home remedy for otitis. In a glass, add a teaspoon of warm olive oil and two drops of chamomile, stir it and apply a little of this mixture onto the infected ear. You can use a dropper and pour two drops or soak a cotton ball, drain it so it does not drip and place it at the entrance of the ear for an hour.
Finally, one of the most popular home remedies to treat ear infections is onions. Take an onion, cut it into pieces and crush it on a napkin. When crushed, squeeze it with the same compress so that it absorbs the juice, remove the pieces of onion and heat the compress. Then place it on the infected ear. Another way to use it is by roasting onions, mix them up to obtain liquid, strain to remove any lumps, add a little olive or almond oil and apply a few drops with a dropper (it is very important that the liquid is at body temperature before inserting it into the ear).
If you have fever or otitis that has reached the eardrum, do not use home remedies, as this could damage your hearing. Go to your doctor as soon as possible to start antibiotic treatment.
This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.
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