Ear infections can be extremely painful. They are caused by a build-up of bacteria, fungi, or a virus in the ear. Symptoms include localized pain, headaches, difficulty sleeping, fever, hearing problems, tugging on the ear to relieve pressure, and even vomiting and diarrhea. In addition to medical treatments, some home remedies may help alleviate ear infection symptoms. Keep in mind that home remedies are often passed down through generations and aren't necessarily supported by science. Plus, some people with ear pain have a tear in their eardrum. Placing unproven substances in the ear is risky if you have a ruptured or torn eardrum. These remedies are also not appropriate for people who have tubes in their ears. It is always best to see a doctor if an ear infection is suspected, and ask the physician about the home remedies.
A common home remedy for earaches is a salt pack. Salt is inexpensive, and most people already have it in their home. Begin by warming the salt in a pan, over low heat, or in the microwave. Place the hot salt in a cloth bag and secure it. Lie down and place the hot bag over the affected ear for five to ten minutes. The heat helps relieve pain and swelling.
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