Is it possible to relieve ear pain? Fortunately, yes, there are many ways you can relieve earache. In order to do this, you must first know why you are having it.
What Causes Ear Pain?
To relieve ear pain, you need to know why it is occurring. Ear pain can be caused by infection or allergic reaction. Other reasons may include infection of body structures near your ears, cough and colds. Bacteria-infected water, insects and dust that accidentally enter your ears can also cause ear pain. The pain starts when any of these factors block a certain tube in your ear. This tube is very narrow and in children, very short.
Infection and allergies produce inflammation and swelling. This leads to narrowing of the tube. When foreign materials like water and dust enter your ear, its skin becomes irritated and thus, becomes swollen. If you may recall it, your ears have natural fluids that must drain freely. If an existing obstruction is already present, the normal flow of ear fluid is impeded and a rise in ear pressure may happen. This can result to pain. The swelling too, can directly cause ear pain.
Ways to Relieve Ear Pain
What can you do to relieve ear pain? Symptoms usually improve within a few days without treatment but the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians recommend the following wait-and-see method for the initial 48-72 hours for any individual who is otherwise in good health and who is:
- Aged 6 months to 2 years and is having mild symptoms plus an uncertain diagnosis
- Over 2 years of age who is experiencing mild symptoms or having an uncertain diagnosis.
However, if symptoms persist after this period, you must go to your doctor and have your ears checked to get a proper diagnosis. The following medications are usually given to treat ear pain and its underlying causes:
- Acetaminophen (like Tylenol) and other over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen (common brands are Advil and Motrin). Children that are below 2 years old must never take aspirin because it can have adverse effects on them. This medication is also not approved for those above 2 years of age and teenagers who are still recovering from flu-like symptoms or chicken pox.
- Eardrops such as Aurodex may offer relief. Follow the recommended dose for this medication because adverse effects may happen if you go beyond what is needed. Do not use this for children below 2 years old without a healthcare provider to assist you.
- Antibiotic therapy may be prescribed by the physician if you the infection is severe.
- Home remedies for ear pain are also available such as hot water therapy, avoidance of strenuous activities and boosting your immune system (to fight the infection that causes the inflammation and pain), etc.
Knowing how to relieve ear pain will significantly improve your quality of life. Not only that, it will also cut the cost of treatment. Know the signs and the symptoms; head to your doctor immediately before complications happen.