Home remedies for Itching / Ear infection

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Anyone who has ever experienced an itchy ear before knows how frustrating the temporary condition can be (I can relate; been there, done that). An itchy ear canal can be distressing, troublesome, annoying and frankly, can make you think of the worst. The affected area will probably feel very tender to the touch, so be careful when touching it. Some individuals experience itchy ears and throat at the same time, with similar symptoms. Depending on your condition, you may also have symptoms of a cold (cough, sore throat, sweat, fever etc). Even more so, having itchy throat and ears or scalp can be even worse.

If you come to think of it, why do ears become itchy in the first place? Are there any additional symptoms that occur? In the end, what can we do to get rid of an itchy inner ear?Some reasons and contributing factors that cause ear infections are a wax buildup, food allergies, environmental allergies, upper respiratory infections, fetal alcohol syndrome, genetics, internal injuries and nutritional deficiencies.

There are three kinds of ear infections such as otitis externa, otitis media and otitis interna in which otitis media is the most common kind rather than other kinds of ear infections. This article describes 8 natural at home remedies for ear infections in adults.

An itchy ear can be the result of a particular allergy, so you should also check if you have any allergies to hair care products or other ingredients that come into contact with the area. An itchy ear lobe (either in front or behind) can be a mild infection caused by a piercing or by a particular metal in the composition of your earring.

Home remedies for Ear Itching

1. Tea tree oil:

Tea tree oil contains effective antiseptic properties that maykill bacteria or virus causing ear infections. It is a type of multifaceted oil that contains antimicrobial properties to fight against a variety of fungi, bacteria, and viruses. This may open the sinuses and respiratory system which may alleviate ear infection symptoms.

  • Take a towel and bowl and fill it with hot water.
  • Mix the oil in the bowl.
  • Put your face above the bowl with a gap of 10 inches and inhale the steam vapor.
  • Inhale the steam through natural breathing.

2. Warm Oil:

One of the most well-known home remedies for itchy ear involves using drops of hot oil for relief. The good news, from this point of view, is that there are numerous varieties of oil that you can choose from for treating your itchy ear. Once you have chosen your favorite type of oil out of the ones we have listed above, you can continue by heating it up to use on your itchy ear. Make sure that the oil is not too hot, so you do not get burned, but that it’s not too cold either.

  • Fill a rubber bulb syringe with slightly warm distilled water.
  • Tilt your head upright and pull the outer ear up and back to straighten the ear canal.
  • Use the syringe to gently put a small amount of water into the ear canal.
  • Leave it for a minute, and then drain it out by tilting your head to the opposite side.

3. Garlic Oil:

Garlic oil is a powerful antimicrobial property, which helps to kill bacteria and fungi. More importantly, the warmth of the oil may melt wax builds up inside the ear.

  • Take a few drops of garlic oil in a small bowl with hot water and heat it for a few minutes until it becomes warm (not hot).
  • Using a dropper, put a few drops of warm garlic oil in your infected ear.
  • Allow it to sit for about 5 to 10 minutes and use a cotton ball to cover it.

4. Hydrogen Peroxide:

A great number of individuals who experienced an itchy ear claim that hydrogen peroxide is a fine solution for getting relief. A user on a health forum explains that “it melts away excess ear wax, and cleans the ear, without removing the thin protective layer of ear wax”. Applying hydrogen peroxide is the same as using oil; all you have to do is put a few drops in the affected ear, let the solution work for a few seconds (until the bubbling noise stops) and then allow it to drain outside.

  • Mix equal parts of hydrogen peroxide (3%) and water.
  • Fill an ear dropper with this solution.
  • Tilt your head sideways and put a few drops of this solution into the ear. Maintain this position for some time.
  • Then, tilt your head to the opposite side to drain out the solution.

5. Onion:

Onion has extensive medicinal properties. Warm onion juice helps to relieve the swelling and ear infection. It also may help to draw the fluid out of the ears and treat the infection faster.

  • Chop an onion into two parts.
  • Roast in the oven for about 10 minutes or in a microwave and for about 1 minute. Remember that you just need to heat this onion a little.
  • Wrap the warm onions into a cotton cloth.

6. Basil leaves:

Basil leaves have medicinal properties and may help to decrease ear infection symptoms. They also come with antimicrobial activity. They may offer relief from ear pain and ear infection.

  • Crush the basil leaves thoroughly and extract their juice.
  • Apply this juice to the infected ear.
  • Don’t need to pour this juice into your ear you only apply on or around your infected ear.
  • Do this process as needed.

7. Garlic:

Garlic contains anti-viral, anti-oxidizing, and antimicrobial properties that make it become one of the effective solutions for ear infections. Also, it’s been found to have a positive effect on immunity. It may also help to reduce ear pain and swelling.

  • Take a few fresh cloves of garlic and crush them.
  • Wrap these crushed cloves of garlic in a clean small cloth.
  • Put this wrapped cloth in your ear and allow it to sit for about 30 to 35 minutes.
  • Using this method may alleviate ear pain.

8. Warm compress:

A warm compress may help to open up the Eustachian tubes. It will also help to get rid of the pain associated with the ear infection.

  • Soak a clean cloth in the warm water.
  • Wring out the cloth to eliminate the excess water and put this cloth on your infected ear and around your ear.
  •  Make sure that you are not to overheat your ear.
  •  Keep the heat for about 5 minutes and remove it for a few minutes.
  • Re-apply it and leave it for a few minutes.

9. Use Blow Dryer

To help evaporate moisture in the outer ear canal, which can occasionally be the reason behind the itchiness, a blow dryer can come in handy.
The warm, dry air will promote the natural evaporation of the moisture from the ear canal and speed up the drying of a wet canal.

  • Pull your earlobe away from your body.
  • Hold a blow dryer about 10 to 12 inches away from your ear.
  • Set the dryer heat to warm and air flow to low.
  • Turn the dryer on and aim it directly into the ear canal.

Hope this Symptoms and cure article will be helpful to all. Do not forget to share your valuable suggestions if any.

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