Ear infections can affect ear canal, eardrum and middle ear section and can be very troublesome, home remedies for ear infection are effective ways to cure the infection and prevent any harm to ear's functioning. Amongst all types of infections the one occurring in the middle ear section is the most harmful and persistent infection which is hard to cure. The pocket of air located behind eardrum can get filled with fluid or pus which is normally passed out by Eustachian tubes, but whenever due to any reason these tubes do not work properly or get blocked it causes fluid buildup, the buildup of fluids gets infected to cause a stubborn infection in the ear. Generally pressure and injuries are mostly responsible for causing ear infection along with several other causes of the problem. Home remedies for ear infection are safe and easy to use to take care of the problem effectively and at an early stage to avoid further complications. Home remedies for ear infections are gentle and yet effective and can be used to provide relief to young children and babies with ease.
Infection in the ear canal is generally called as swimmer's ear as mostly swimmers get infected due to contaminated water entering in the ear where infectious agents breed in the damp and moist environment comfortably. Infection of the ear canal can extend up to eardrum or middle ear section to infect this part of the ear too. The infection in the middle section is either due to malfunctioning of Eustachian tubes or due to their blockage. In children, changes in the anatomy, water entering ear while bathing or playing in the tub or due to blockage of Eustachian tubes can cause infection.
Home remedies for ear infection can treat all types of conditions effectively in adults as well as in children in a short time. Pain and discharge from the ear are common symptoms of ear infection. Children generally get irritated and shake their head frequently after getting affected by ear infection. Nausea, vomiting, hearing loss, vertigo, ringing in the ears and feeling of fullness in the ears, are other commonly found symptoms. Fever, redness, flaking of the skin around ear, pain when moving head or touching the ear are also few symptoms of ear infection which can be mild to serious in nature. Home remedies for ear infection can relieve all the symptoms in short time and without causing any side effects.
Putting few drops of olive oil in the ear and blocking the ears with cotton balls to prevent oil from flowing out immediately works as one of the wonderful home remedies for ear infection. Olive oil has excellent properties to counter infections in the ear canal or middle ear section.
If water has entered in the ear it gives a feeling as if something is flapping inside the ear. Take two to three tablespoons of rock salt and heat a pan, remove pan from the burner and heat the rock salt on the pan. Remove the salt and fill a sock with it and keep it against the ears blocking the ear canal completely. Lie down on one side to keep the affected ear on the lower side. This is one of the most effective preventive home remedies for ear infection.
Add 4 drops of tea tree oil in one-forth cup of water. Use this mixture as ear drop, tea tree oil has rich anti-viral, anti-fungal and antibiotic properties and also calms the pain and itching immediately after use. This is one of the easiest home remedies for ear infection.
Take few cloves of garlic and crush them in small utensil, collect the juice of the garlic and put one to two drops in each ear. This is also one of the very useful home remedies for ear infection. To dry the water trapped inside the ear one can use hair dryer directed towards the ear and placed at a distance of 12-15 inches from the ear.
Putting two three drops of apple cider vinegar in each ear increases acidic levels inside the ears. This creates very inhospitable environment for bacteria and other infectious agents and helps in curing the infection in a short time. Do not use apple cider vinegar for treating ear infection or pain in children. Putting few drops of hydrogen peroxide also provides one of the effective home remedies for ear infection.
Take few drops of Echinacea tincture and chew two cloves of garlic well and consume them. Take this remedy before going to bed, this also provides restful sleep and will show magical results by morning. Take this remedy till pain and symptoms of infection subside completely.
Squeeze some onion juice and warm it, put few drops of warm onion juice on a cotton ball and block the ear canal with it completely. Allow it to stay for few hours, it treats the infection wonderfully well. Putting few drop of mullein flower oil is also one of the popular home remedies for ear infection.
Take a tablespoon of holy basil leaves and squeeze their juice out. Put few drops of this juice in each ear, antimicrobial properties of holy basil are wonderful in treating the infection. Take a piece of ginger and chop it finely, add a teaspoon of honey to it and consume this once in a day. If one can consume this mixture in the morning on an empty stomach it shows its positive results in lesser time. One can repeat this remedy and take it twice in a day if symptoms are severe. Both of these are magical home remedies for ear infection.
When symptoms of ear infection arrive cleaning ear with cotton buds to remove debris and ear wax is very useful and helps the treatment in affecting the problem in much better way. Give hot compresses by heated sock filled by salt or rock salt to cure the pain and irritation. Consume more of citrus fruits and zinc rich diet to cure the infection. Consume water in sufficient quantities to allow the body to treat the infection. Always use cotton balls or ear plugs while going in water for swimming.