Last Modified on May 29, 2015
Ear issues often are regarding pain or loss of hearing; however, since the inner ear is critical to the vestibular system, damage to the ear can also result in health issues such as vertigo and loss of balance.
Inner ear infections are the cause of most ear issues, including hearing loss, pressure, pain, ringing, redness, loss of balance, and even vertigo. Fortunately, in most of these cases the symptoms are temporary and will pass when the infection has abated. Such infections are more prevalent in kids than adults, but anyone swimming in dirty water or otherwise exposed to the appropriate bacteria or viruses can get an ear infection.
Excessive loud noise, general infections, changes in elevation or other changes in pressure, physical trauma, jaw issues, and other conditions can additionally cause issues with ear health.
Natural Cures: A warm compress or music played softly beside the ear can help relieve ear pain, as can analgesics.
I can't find any comments on how to help someone with terrible pain when flying especially when landing.
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Bergen Co., Nj
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Waiuku, New Zealand
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I think my eardrum may have ruptured yesterday. Generally "they" say not to put anything in your ear if you have a rupture, though I know sometimes doctors prescribe antibiotics (orally and aurally! ) to prevent infection after rupture. I was thinking about using CS in my ear to prevent infection and am wondering if that is what you would do in a similar situation.
Before suspecting a rupture, I had already put hydrogen peroxide in my ear today, when I finally realized that the intense ear pain I had yesterday was likely a rupture. (I could feel the peroxide going into my throat and also had some fresh blood, a very small amount, come out of the ear. It also bubbled very intensely and got hot quickly. It was not like normal when I put peroxide in my ear. So, now I suspect a rupture.)
Thanks! I appreciate your thoughts.
~Mama to Many~
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Hope, Bc. Canada
[YEA] I have had an itchy ear for a few months...its one of those deep intense itches where you could find yourself scratching it extremely hard for minutes on end. I had tried h202 and turpentine mixed with castor oil, both with limited, temporary relief. Decided to try some DMSO today. Eureka! The itch appears to have disappeared. I used a 70% blend with 30% distilled h20. Soaked a q-tip and rubbed the inside all the way down the canal. I don't know why I didn't think of this before! So please list DMSO as a viable solution, and thanks Diedre for all you do.
[YEA] I'd like to share my experience with ear pain in the hope that others might benefit from it.
About every seven years, I'd come down with fluid in the middle ear. This resulted in tinnitus, clogged Eustachian tubes, and painful middle ear pressure. Sometimes it was so painful that it was all I could do to make it through the day. Other times, I couldn't even do that.
Doctors always told me that it was caused by either a virus or an allergy, and that I would just have to ride it out.
The only thing I ever found that helped was taking magnesium supplements, which greatly reduced the middle ear pressure.
Eventually I figured out the root cause of my problem: electrolyte imbalance. Middle ear fluid is all about electrolytes, and whenever mine got severely out of balance (usually as a result of eating mega-doses of potassium rich foods) my "ear infection" would begin. In an attempt to make myself healthier, I was actually making myself sick.
Sodium and potassium work in concert, so it's important to find some semblance of balance between the two. The same holds true for magnesium and calcium. And while these balances probably vary from person to person (depending upon their underlying health issues), I encourage anyone suffering from tinnitus, clogged Eustachian tubes, or middle ear pressure to explore the possibility that it might be the result of an electrolyte imbalance.
It's only taken me fifteen years to figure this out, and I hope it helps someone.....
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Has anyone cured their Eustachian Tube Dysfunction? Putting drops in ears will not get to your eustachian tube because your eardrum will block it. Rx nasal sprays can help but they have given me the worst side effects. Are there natural nasal sprays that have opened up your eustachian tubes? Thank you in advance for any help or opinions.
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Hydrogen Peroxide for Ear Issues
For blocked or infected ears, lay a towel down on your bed or carpet. Then drip a bit of 3% hydrogen peroxide into one ear. After a few moments you will hear fizzing. Wait until the fizzing stops -- 10 to 15 minutes, occasionally adding more hydrogen peroxide. Shake remaining liquid from your ear onto the towel and repeat on the other ear.
[YEA] So far my ear has improved using Hydrogen Peroxide, but its been slow! It all began when I visited the doctor(not my usual Dr as he was off - ill! ) due to build up of wax, and I knew I needed my ears syringing. However the doctor said I had an ear infection and required antibiotics, and that my ears were in fact clear of wax!
After a week I returned to see my regular Dr, and he told me I did need my ears syringing! He was shocked when I told him about the previous Dr! So after a week off I went to have my ears syringed, something I have had done many times before without any problems. Alas, this time I ended up getting an ear infection in the left ear!
The skin on my outer ear was peeling off and really sore - inside the ear was so itchy, and my ear was(still is)weeping. One evening the pain was that bad I saw an out of hours Dr, who prescribed me with more antibiotics(the pain was in my ear, side of my face and was also giving me headaches, plus I had pain in my teeth! ).
Yesterday I returned to see my regular Dr and he checked my ear, and gave me more antibiotics!!! When the ear first began troubling me I couldn't get a cotton bud down the channel, now I can make it part of the way, like I say its a slow healing process. I am now thinking is it more than an ear infection? I have a small polyp in my left nostril, and I am thinking could this be the beginning of an ear polyp? After the first Dr said it was an ear infection not too much wax, then the second Dr said it was wax and I needed my ears syringing I do not have any confidence in either of their diagnosis!
I will persist with the Hydrogen Peroxide but am thinking about giving the juice of an onion a trial run! I would appreciate any thoughts on what may be the problem with my ear, and if their are any other remedies.
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I am so excited! I was patient and it actually worked! I am no stranger to home remedies, but I just was not getting results flushing my right ear. I am a professional voice over artist. It's cool to hear out of one ear, but better if you can use two.
Over the Columbus Day Weekend my right ear stopped up, just like my left had the previous week. I cleaned the left ear with a Q-Tip, dumped a little peroxide in it, and it went right back to normal.
For some reason, my right ear was not as responsive. The blockage caused at least a 40% reduction in my hearing. You can't really assess how well you are reading copy with one ear.
This is the first time in my life that my hearing actually was tied to my way of life. So, instead of keeping peroxide in my ear for a minute or two, I did what earth clinic suggested, and after three applications or 10 to 15 minutes, BAM, my hearing was back!
Thank you so much. This site is officially in my health folder bookmarks!
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Hello all, Can Lugol's be used as drops in the ear for fungal infections? What concentration, 2%, 5%, ?
[YEA] 1. For infected ears rather than putting acids or alcohols into the already inflammed stinging chronic ear, try Manuka honey. Doesn't sting, i'ts active again all the harmful organisms in the ear (including Pseudomonas), and is safe if the ear drum is ruptured. It soothes inflammed skin and may helps draw material out of eardrums like a poultice. There are no bacterial resistence issues either. Also helps to deodorize stinky ears as well. Only downside is it can be a bit messy to apply and when it dries but can remove with wet cloth. Just Instill a few mls with a syringe and massage in -its easier when warm. Works wonderfully and very economical and I use this in my Vet practice.
2. For those waxy or itchy allergic ears water based products like vinegar doesnt remove wax very well, try either warm olive oil or very dilute orange oil mixed with a little oatmeal. Good luck
[YEA] I used to have chronic dizziness off and on for a few years. I was told it might be benign positional vertigo. After a while the dizziness got worse and I noticed that when I did the "pop your ears" (pinch your nostrils and gently exhale air through your ears to aerate your eustachion tube) thing there would be a crackly sound in my right ear.
My doctor saw no sign of infection with the otoscope. However, he gave me an antibiotic and then an anti fungal to no effect, ditto hydrogen peroxide and iodine and venetian violet had no effect. When I prayed about it (gotta give credit where credit is due but of course you can edit this if you like) the word "onion" came to me later.
On the net I then saw a nurse and others using onion juice to treat ear infections. I put one in a blend with water and then put the mush through a mesh strainer. Next I put that liquid through a thin cloth placed over a glass. I kept this liquid in the fridge.
The liquid went into my ear through an eye dropper. Actually first it went into the palm of my hand to warm it up. After the ear canal was full I would then pop my ears and then suck inward hard and swallow (don't know if that part was necessary or not, just trying to make sure it got under the ear drum). Then I would massage below the earlobe and down through the jaw line as the nurse said, for about 10 times.
It took a few days, several times a day, to get better. Finally something worked!
Re onion being antibacterial, someone I know used green onions, fairly strongly, in a small green smoothie drink to heal diarrhea. Worked for her, though I found cayenne pepper also did the trick.
[YEA] Juice an Onion, don't worry if you don't get much out of it as you only need a couple of drops. I have a syringe. Place a couple of drops in the infected ear. It may feel a little warm as Onion has a natural warmth. Do this as soon as the pain is noticed and just before bed. If pain continues next day seek the help of a Doctor. I have never had to use more than 2 doses to clear up any ear infection. But of course I have never left an infection to go rampant. I have 6 kids and never used antibiotics for ear infection as I have used Onions- The Natural Antibiotic.
[YEA] Just wanted to add a comment that oregano oil completely cured my ear infection without the need for putting anything in the ear canal.
I had a perforated eardrum which was starting to heal, however I managed to pick up an infection in the inner ear area. My jaw became very painful, could barely chew and was on soft food only.
A long time fan of earthclinic, I looked through the comments and decided that since having a perforated eardrum, I shouldn't put anything in the ear canal itself. What I did do was use oregano oil both under the tongue and externally on the ear.
3 times a day I placed 5 drops under my tongue, and 2-3 drops on my hand then rubbed that onto my ear, behind the lobe and covered as much of it as possible. I also applied a couple of drops to the skin outside of my jaw hinge, giving it a massage at the same time to encourage blood flow.
Results: I was slightly worse off the first morning, however it was all improvements after that. Roughly 20% improvement a day. Now on day 6 and things are 95% back to normal. Amazing.
Warnings: It should be noted that I used a brand of oregano oil that is cut with olive oil. Straight oregano oil is too strong to use on it's own under the tongue or externally. Also, this may or may not be relevant depending on your work place, but it smells pretty intense when you first apply it! I ended up having to skip the lunchtime external application on work days, so just 2x day, however still took it under the tongue 3x day.
Earthclinic has helped me out many times over the years and this is the first time I've felt compelled to provide my own feedback (as there wasn't much on there for this ailment). So grateful for everyone that has taken the time to share their knowledge, and to the sites owners for putting it all together. May it long continue.
I have 2 friends state their doctors have told them they have calcium deposits on the small bones in their ears. It caused some loss of hearing in one friend, and the other some dizziness. The doctors told my friends that it is just part of the aging process and to get used to it. Each friend has sought a second opinion with the same results. Looking on the internet the medical term I believe is otosclerosis. Does anyone have information or remedies to get rid of the calcium deposits and help with this type of disorder.
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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Hello, I was wondering if anyone had any natural healing suggestions for perilymph fistual in the inner ear. My husband had been diagnosed last fall with this and experiences vertigo/shifty eye movements/pressure. He had a chance to rest in the Spring and from May to September his ear was healed and the vertigo went away. For some reason it came back the same time as the prior year end of September. We thought perhaps allergy related but allergy meds don't seem to relieve any symptoms. We are now assuming the hole is opened again. We really do not want him to get the surgery since it is not effective in all cases and may cause hearing loss. His hearing is important to him since his business is music related. Should he be taking a tissue building complex such as collagen or shark cartilage? Any suggestions are much appreciated!!
I have red ear or hot ear. Has anyone reported this problem? It is only on the left ear and feel like someone poured boiling water over it. Yikes!
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