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Home Remedies for Ear Aches, Ear Infections, or Blocked Eustachian Tubes
An earache, also known as otalgia, is ear pain; it can originate inside or outside the ear. Ear ache pain is not always indicative of an ear disease, since ear ache causes can be from dental issues, sinus trouble, tonsils, or even head infections. In fact, there are five general neural pathways that are sensorily connected to the ear region that can refer pain to your ear from different parts of your head.
Ear ache pain is not enough to determine whether the disease is located in the middle, inner, or external ear since the pain is identical in each case. While not contagious, ear infections can be caused by infectious disease and lead to migraines if located in the middle ear. Allopathic treatment for ear infections usually includes antibiotics.
Home Remedies for Ear Ache Pain
Here at Earth Clinic we have over 50 home and natural remedies submitted from users all over the world. Some of our more popular remedies for ear pain are Hydrogen Peroxide, Garlic, Olive Oil, Onions, and Cayenne Pepper. In addition, listed are numerous therapeutic techniques you can use to help soothe ear pain fast without having to run to the store. Have a family or folk cure for ear aches? Please do not hesitate to share!
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|Alcohol and White Vinegar||5|
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[YEA] Earth Clinic & it's followers are the BEST! A nasty sinus infection left behind a plugged left ear that was driving me crazy. After 5 days of discomfort I tried the 50/50 mixture of alcohol & white vinegar yesterday morning about 10am. It caused more fullness which was even more uncomfortable, which had me believing it was a mistake. Then around 11pm last nite there was a noise in my ear that sounded like a door slamming. It was my ear opening!!! I put 2 more drops in last night and this morning ~ better than the drugs the ENT ($105 dr appt and $50 prescriptions) gave me last year for the same thing that lasted for 6 months. Thank you all for sharing.
How often can I do this? I'm dealing with tinnitus from an ear infection and residual "clogging" in my left ear. I'm afraid of overdoing it b/c I've tried colloidal silver, garlic oil, H2O2, cayenne pepper, coconut oil, netti pot, etc etc etc. I did the alcohol and vinegar suggestion so I'm up for anything!!! Thanks a bunch! Colleen
Replied by Ky Mama
04/11/2013Posted by Tommy (Fremont, Indiana) on 05/01/2012
[YEA] Thank you I did the half and half of white vinager and alcohol it worked fine! Thank-you againPosted by Courtney (Los Angeles, Ca) on 12/04/2011
[SIDE EFFECTS] I have an earache and I tried the alcohol and white vinegar remedy, but so far all it has done is ease the pain very lightly and it is making my ear canal feel as if it is burning almost. The "burning" does not hurt, but I can tell it is there. Maybe I did not mix the alcohol and white vingegar correctly. Please help me I am in pain and I have class tomorrow.Replied by Mmsg
12/05/2011Posted by Bobby (Katy, Texas, Usa) on 11/13/2011
[SIDE EFFECTS] After several rounds of antibiotics for what was thought to be a ear infection, we were forwarded to an ENT specialist who determined that one of our 10 y.o. twins has a fungus in her ear.
He prescribed the following mixture: 50% white vinegar, 25% distilled water and 25% (70% rubbing) alcohol. By the second dose in the same day (morning & evening) our daughter was in a lot of pain from the mixture after placing 5 drops in her ear.
I can replace the rubbing alcohol with 'swimmers ear' and the pain won't be there. I am uncertain how diluted the swimmers ear is and if it is strong enough.
I am open to suggestions. Thank you for your time and consideration.Posted by Carbon Scorn (Boston, Ma) on 09/21/2011
[YEA] In my early Twenties my scuba instructor, ex-US Navy, told me how to rid myself of my very regular and annoying ear infections. Mix 50/50 white vinegar and rubbing alcohol in a dropper. Tip yoru head to the side and put 3 drops in each when ever you complete a dive (or whenever you feel your ears starting to itch or hurt). Wiggle the outer ear and the base of the ear to be sure it settles deep, add a few more drops if you need to, wait one minute then tip your head and let it drain out into a tissue. Then do the other ear. Well, I've done this so many times I can not count. It works every time, and I've also done this with my kids whenever I saw them starting to scratch their ears when they were toddlers. They have never once needed to be seen by a doctor for an ear infection.
My description of the science at work here? Ear wax is acidic by nature, that's how it protects the area from bacteria. And ear "wax" is hydrophobic (it doesn't like water), so its coating keeps the ear canal free of bacterial breeding dampness. The white vinegar is simply helping to restore a high level of acidity while the alcohol dries up any water.
P.S. prior to learning this trick I used to use Hydrogen Peroxide with mixed results. After learning more with age I realized that the Hydrogen Peroxide, after oxidation, leaves behind water, aka a damp environment for any residual bacteria to flourish. Using this 50/50 of vinegar & alcohol mix post a hydrogen peroxide flush yielded desirable results every single time. Soon I totally left out the hydrogen peroxide step. Oh, and never cover your ear after flushing as that again inhibits the dry environment required to put an end to the bacteria.Replied by Big Joe