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Simple Ear Infection Remedies To Try At Home

by Valerie Stevens

When the cold weather sets in, sickness seems to follow suit. If you find that you or your family members are getting frequent ear infections, it can be beneficial to know some at-home remedies to help treat these infections while you wait for an appointment with your family physician.

Here are two simple things that you can try to help alleviate the symptoms of an ear infection at home.

1. Reach for a raw onion.

Ear infections are often associated with inflammation of the ear canal. This inflammation can cause significant discomfort, so finding a simple way to treat the inflammation at home while you wait to see your doctor can be beneficial in keeping family members with an ear infection more comfortable.

Onions have amazing anti-bacterial properties that can help them soothe the inflammation brought on by an ear infection. Just slice a fresh onion in half, use a spoon to scrape the flesh of the onion until you have collected some juice, then use a stopper to suck up a few drops of the onion juice and squeeze them into the affected ear.

You should notice some relief that will make waiting for a doctor's appointment more bearable.

2. Get some help from hydrogen peroxide.

You probably have a bottle of hydrogen peroxide in your medicine cabinet, and you can use this liquid to help treat the symptoms of an ear infection. Sometimes the ear canal becomes blocked due to illness, and fluids build up in the canal as a result of this blockage. As more fluids collect, pain levels increase. Hydrogen peroxide is characterized by an effervescence reaction (think of the bubbling that occurs when you treat a wound with hydrogen peroxide).

This effervescence can help soften the blockage in the ear, allowing the fluids to drain and offer the sufferer some relief. Just pour a little bit of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution into the affected ear canal, have the sufferer lie on the other ear until there are no more visible signs of bubbling in the affected ear, then drain the hydrogen peroxide and clean the affected ear with a soft cotton swab.

This at-home treatment should help provide some pain relief until an appointment can be made with your family doctor.

Being able to treat the symptoms of an ear infection at home can help you offer your family members temporary relief from the pain associated with an ear infection. This pain relief helps to make waiting for a doctor's appointment more bearable.