Ear infections are nasty. They can leave a person completely out of commission for days and for children, who are particularly prone to them, an ear infection can last for weeks.
THE MEDICAL TERM FOR AN EAR INFECTION IS OTITIS AND THERE ARE THREE DIFFERENT AREAS IN WHICH INFECTION CAN THRIVE:
This is general referred to as swimmer’s ear and affects the outer ear and canal. With this type of pain, the ear is increasingly sensitive to touch and may appear red or inflamed. The cause is generally a bacterial build up or fungal infection on the skin in the ear tube.
OTITIS MEDIA OR MIDDLE EAR INFECTION
This type of pain comes as a result of ear drum perforation or the buildup of fluid behind the eardrum. This is most common in children but can happen to all ages. The pain is more of a deeper throbbing sensation and can often cause fever and headaches.
This inner ear infection can cause loss of hearing and balance problems as the inner ear includes sensory organs for balance. When the inner ear is inflamed it can lead to vertigo and severe fever and headaches.
SO WHAT CAN BE DONE TO ALLEVIATE THE PAIN AND HELP HEAL THE EAR WHEN STRUGGLING WITH AN INFECTION?
Unless the symptoms have progressed rapidly it is worth trying natural remedy methods before rushing to fill an antibiotic prescription.
It is not just the infection that you want to get rid of though, it’s the pain that can be the most annoying part. Here is one of the best tricks to comforting an ear infection that can also help draw the toxins out of the ear:
SALT SOCK METHOD
Essentially that is all it is – a plain old white sock (clean of course) filled with coarse ground sea salt.
Not only are the minerals in sea salt antiseptic and have wonderful healing properties, the salt can retain heat so well that it helps soothe inflamed ears and reduce pain immediately!
SO HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED:
- 1 large clean athletic sock (in case you have any ear leakage, white is best as you’ll be able to see right away)
- 2 cups coarse sea salt
Pack the sock with your salt and tie a tight knot so that you have a package the size of your hand. Simply place the salt sock on a clean, dry pan over low heat and rotate for about 5 minutes to achieve a moderate to hot level of warmth.
Place the sock over your ear and the portion below your ear and jawbone. Feel the pain subside! It really is that simple. You can keep your salt sock in the fridge and re-use whenever you need it.