While suffering from a head cold, you may start experiencing a dull, aching feeling in your ear caused by the increase in congestion in your ear canal and eustachian tubes. If so, you can help relieve the symptoms using the following two-step home remedy.
Step 1: Put Drops Of Warm Olive Oil Into The Ear Canal
The first step involves putting warm drops of olive oil into your ear canal. The warmth from the oil helps break down the congestion, while its lubricating properties help soothe the inflammation. For this step, you will need a small bowl, a medicine dropper and a thermometer.
Place about a teaspoon of olive oil in the small bowl, and microwave it for about 10 to 15 seconds. Pour a small amount in your hand, then test it with the thermometer. It should be less than your normal body temperature to keep from burning your ear and eardrum.
Once the oil is the right temperature, pull it up into the medicine dropper. Then, tilt your head to the side, and place two or three drops into your ear. Then, go on to the next step.
Step 2: Place A Warm, Moist Compress Over Your Ear
Once you have the drops in your ears, this next step involves you placing a warm, moist compress over your ear. The moist heat helps keep the oil warmer for a little longer. It also helps break up the gunk inside your ear canal and tubes, helping to relieve the pressure and pain.
For your compress, you can use a washcloth or hand towel. Wet it under hot tap water, then wring out the excess water. Fold the cloth in quarters, then place it over your ear. If it feels too hot, remove it, and let it cool for a couple of minutes.
Once the compress is a comfortable temperature, lay on your side with the affected ear up. Then, lay the compress over your ear, and let it remain for about 10 minutes, or until it turns cold. Then, sit up, and tilt your ear downward to let any excess oil run out, wiping it up with the towel.
Used three times a day, the above home remedy can help relieve your earache while you recover from a cold. However, if you suspect you may have an ear infection, you may want to see a doctor as soon as possible for a prompt diagnosis and treatment that can help you to prevent any potential hearing loss caused by an untreated infection. Contact a practice, such as Red Deer hearing protection, for more information.