Hot and Cold Compresses
One of the age old secrets for earache remedies is using a hot compress. You can wet a small towel in hot water and hold it against your ear. This earache remedy will bring immediate relief to a painful ear. You can also use a heating pad set on low and lie on the side with the infected ear. A hot shower can also help to loosen and soften some ear wax. If the heat does not work on your painful ears, people use cold compresses instead. This will only help to relieve the pain. So use whatever one work best for you.
Dealing with Insects
Sometimes insects are real pests, they insist on flying into your ear. However, if the insect does not fly out do not use your reflexes and poke your fingers into your ear. Instead, use some ear drops or mineral oil to flush the insect out. Use an eyedropper to fill the fluid into the ear. Make sure you consult a doctor if the insect does not come out of the ear.
When Traveling on a Plane
As the plane takes off, the air pressure in the cabin decreases and as the plane lands the air pressure in the cabin increases, in each instance the pressure changes very rapidly. Some earache remedies you can use are to swallow when you do this activates the muscles that open the Eustachian tube. Another earache remedy is to chew gum or suck on some hard candy as the plane takes off and descends. Other earache remedies include staying awake while the plane is descending because if you are sleeping you are not swallowing.
One awful habit that many of us have is poking our ears with something or the other. Although it is okay to use cotton swabs to clean out one’s ears, try not to use one if you feel the something has gone into your ear. Too much poking either with swabs or fingers might damage might damage the eardrum. However, the best way to prevent an earache is from one starting in the first place. You can do so by avoiding extremely loud music, extremely cold temperatures, and plug your ears when swimming. Also, when blowing your nose generally do it one nostril at a time and try to avoid smoke as much as possible.
The author is not a Doctor and has no medical training. Always consult your health care professional before using these or any home remedies or natural cures.