Ear Infection

What Is an Ear Infection ?

Ear Infection (medically known as otitis externa) is an inflammation (redness and soreness) of the ear canal that extends from the eardrum to the outside. Children are more susceptible to ear infections compared to adults.

What Triggers An Ear Infection ?

  • Bacterial infection
  • Fungal infection
  • Injury to the ear canal
  • Disorders such as Diabetes
  • Accidental entry of the chemical products
  • Irritation from cotton swabs or metal objects
  • Excess of moisture

How Would You Know If You Have An Ear Infection?

  • You may experience pain and itching in the ear
  • Tugging or pulling of an ear
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Slight fever
  • Discharge of pus from the ear
  • Temporary loss of hearing
  • Small, painful lumps or boils in the ear canal

What Should You Do In Case Your Symptoms Worsen?

  • To relieve pain instantly, you can take over-the-counter pain relieving medicines.
  • In general, ear infection gets better within a few days (1-2 days). In case it does not and you observe severe ear pain along with blood or pus discharge, make sure you see a doctor.
  • Your doctor will first examine you physically (with a help of a lighted instrument) and ask you for the symptoms. He will then recommend you a few medical tests to investigate the cause of the condition.
  • Your doctor may also suggest a few additional tests such as tympanometry (to measure the movement of the eardrum) and acoustic reflectometry (to measure the reflection of the sound)

What Are The Available Treatment Options?

  • In general, an ear infection resolves without taking antibiotics. However, depending on the diagnosis and severity of the symptoms, your doctor may prescribe you pain relievers.
  • You can also try warm compress to reduce pain
  • In case of a severe infection (bacterial/ fungal), you may be prescribed with antibiotics or anti-virals to treat the condition.

Are There Any Natural Remedies For An Ear Infection?

You can try these effective natural remedies to ease your symptoms:

1. Garlic

Ingredients: Garlic Sesame oil Mustard Oil

Ways to Use:

Add two teaspoons of sesame or mustard oil to a warm dish. Heat the oil till it turns black. To this add two cloves of garlic.

Strain the solution. Let it cool a little. Using a cotton swab, drop two to three drops of the oil in the infected ear. Repeat this at least three-four times a day.

2. Tulsi (Basil)

Ingredients: Tulsi Coconut Oil

Ways to Use:

Take fresh tulsi leaves (6-7). Crush them gently to extract the juice. Apply the basil juice on or around the ear.

You can also use a few drops of basil oil along with a carrier oil such as coconut oil. Soak a cotton ball in the oil mix and gently wipe the inside of the ear with the cotton swab. Repeat twice everyday.

3. Olive Oil

Ingredients: Olive Oil

Ways to Use:

Warm the olive oil slightly. Put a few drops of the warm oil into the infected ear. It shall soften the cumulated earwax. Remove the infected earwax with a cotton swab gently. Do not be harsh as it can damage the eardrum severely.

4. Tea Tree Oil

Ingredients: Tea Tree Oil Coconut Oil

Ways to Use:

Antiseptic in nature, tea tree oil along with a carrier oil (coconut oil) has been found to treat an ear infection. 

 

Remember to practice the basic hygiene every day for a healthy body, however, in case you happen to get an ear infection, try these simple home remedies to relieve pain instantly. If the pain persists, visit the doctor without any further delay.

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