Ear pain has many causes, including infection, trauma, a foreign body, and chronic inflammation. It can affect hearing, making showering, sleeping, and general day-to-day tasks more difficult. Bacterial infections should be treated with antibiotics but often, viral or inflammatory causes are not treated, as most are self-limiting. As such, some people turn to home remedies for ear pain to alleviate symptoms until the issue resolves. It is ideal to speak to a doctor before trying any natural options, however.
Consistent exposure to dry air can wreak havoc on all the airways, ears included. A lack of moisture can cause redness, irritation, and in extreme cases, bleeding. Running a humidifier in your home or sitting near one while you work can return moisture to the ear canal. Sitting near a pot of boiling water or in a steamy bathroom can also help.
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