Though very common, inner ear infections have always been an issue to deal with at the ENT doctors office. We never think we can just use home remedies.
Well, if you’re tired of going to the doctor every time or you just need a quick fix at home then this article is just for you.
First, let us understand where do all these infections start. Inner ear infections are caused by a bacteria or virus that find themselves in the middle ear. The ear has 3 parts: the outer ear, the middle, and the inner ear. These inner ear infections are the most serious. The inner part of the ear contains the Eustachian tube and the nerves. After the sound is carried through the outer and middle ear, it is received by the inner ear. The nerves transfer the information to the brain where it is processed and we recognize the sound.
These infections are more often seen in children rather than adults. So what exactly contributes to or causes these infections? Well, some of the reasons include but are not limited to-
- Wax build up.
- Environmental allergies.
- Internal and external injuries.
- Deficiencies in your diet.
- Food allergies.
- Fetal alcohol syndrome.
These are just a few of the reasons why you or your child would be suffering from an inner ear infection. Common signs of the infection include- pain in the ear, vomiting, diarrhea, trouble hearing, fluid flowing from the ear and a high fever. Luckily there are some home remedies that can be used to treat an inner ear infection.
Salt is easily available in most homes. Heat up a cup of salt on low heat for just a few minutes. Place the salt in a clean and soft piece of cloth. You can then lie down and place the cloth while holding the ends tightly onto your ear. Ensure the heat is manageable. This will draw out the fluid in the ear and reduce swelling.
Basil is known to have some of the best natural antibacterial properties known to man. You can crush a few leaves gently to release the juice. Place the juice around and on the infected ear. DO not let the juice trickle down the ear canal.
Tea tree oil
One of the most therapeutic oils in nature. The oil has antibacterial, anti-fungal and stimulating properties. You can use the oil to treat an inner ear infection by mixing it with some olive oil. Place a few drops of the tea tree oil in a tablespoon of olive oil. Use a clean medicine dropper to pour it into the ear canal. Tilt your head to allow the oil to soak in the ear. You can then tilt back to allow it to pour out.
Surprisingly you can use onions to reduce the inflammation and pain caused by an inner ear infection. Take an onion and cook it in the oven at 415F for about 15 minutes. Take the onion out and allow it to cool until you can handle it. Cut the onion in half and squeeze out the juice. Allow the juice to cool till it is warm, strain it. Add a few drops to the ear and lean to let the juice soak in. After 3 minutes tilt back to the other side to let the drops trickle out.