Try a few drops of Ambesol (used for a toothache). Years ago my Dr. told me to try that for an ear ache. It worked. A couple of drops in affected ear. It numbs the pain the same as it numbs a toothache. (07/16/2005)
When I was a child we lived in a remote area where no doctors were available. My parents used the following home remedy, which I later used for my children. A pediatrician said it's not harmful at all.
Wrap black pepper in a clean white cloth, like a handerchief, making a little ball, about the size of the tip of your thumb. Used a rubber band or string to tie it. Dip into hot coffee, squeeze excess out, then cool enough not to burn. Insert this into the ear for pain relief. This saved us from many a night of agony. I hope it helps you. (07/16/2005)
By Rev. Alex
You might want to try Echinacea (found in the herbal medicines of most pharmacies/discount stores). It won't help immediately, but it should start to feel better in about a day. I never had earaches as a kid, but several years ago I started getting really bad ones just in one ear. Antibiotics took five days before I felt any relief at all. One time I tried Echinacea. I took two pills three times a day, and by the next day it wasn't as sore, and in another day or two it felt fine. After that, whenever I felt it coming on (or if I feel a scratchy throat coming), I use that right away. And now it's been a couple years since my last earache (knock on wood). (07/16/2005)
Please see an ear specialist. I had been doctoring for months with antibiotics and when I asked to see a specialist, he told me I had a fungus infection and I have been seeing him regularly every 3 months and he cleans my ear out and put some ointment in and I have been pain free since. I had so much pain it even hurt to smile or chew my food.Good Luck! I was also told every time I wash my hair to put vaseline on cotton and plug my ears. Iam not to get water in my ears. (07/16/2005)
By Kinga Duchin
My son had an earache once and we happened to be in a Walmart store, so I went over to the pharmacy to ask what would help the pain. The pharmacist suggested a couple of drops of sweet oil. We purchased some right then with a dropper and put a couple drops in his ear and the pain stopped almost immediately.
Renee in TN (07/16/2005)
Pour salt in a cloth bag or wrap in a teatowel and heat in the oven. Helps alot. (07/16/2005)
The sweet oil (or even vegetable oil) works even better if you heat it just a little. (07/17/2005)
By MB in WY
Last year I had a horrible earache for days, my ears were really plugged as well. The pharmacist did recommend sweet oil, which helped. I also got myself an ear wax flush system (with the hydrogen peroxide drops and squeeze-syringe-thing). It seems that this helped a great deal, along with prayer (God really is merciful!); within a few days, the pain went away and my hearing was restored. But I would say, if this all does not work within a few days for you, definitely see your doctor. (07/17/2005)
I need help, I'm 20 years old and I'm in so much pain, help me get rid of my earache (08/08/2005)
Get some olive oil and warm a little up in the microwave and a dab a in your ear with a cotton swab, make sure it not too hot. Also castor oil warmed up will do miracles. Once, when I had my wisdom tooth taken out, I started having popping
sound in my chaw and I couldn't open my mouth wide, Then Preacher women told me to warm up some castor oil and rub it on my shaw before I went to bed and less than 2 weeks I had no more problem, the popping stop and I can open my mouth wide again, it was in may 2003. Also I used
to have a lot of earache and she was the one who told me about the olive oil. So try this, it will help.
Sadly I put a couple drops of hot oil in my ear. Doctors are horrified and this is dangerous so I wont tell you how to do it. Stops the ear ache within 60 seconds though. Another method is fill a tablespoon with half witch hazel and alcohol to try to kill infection before you can see a doctor. Alcohol is bad because it will dry the canal out but it helps kill some bacteria until you can get antibiotic drops. Once you get a subscription for ear drop antibiotics, it lasts a very long time if kept in the fridge and works on dogs too. If your ear is draining you have a bad infection caused by blockage. (12/02/2005)
A few drops of hydrogen peroxide works well. It kills any bacteria and turns into water after it is done fizzing. Wait until it stops fizzing, then turn your head so the ear can drain. It's also a great cold remedy and kills the cold when you are just starting to come down with one. I wrote to a doctor at the University of Washington who recommends this. I'd recommend this over alcohol or oil in the ear.
My 6 year old was literally writhing in pain with an earache. He had just started his antibiotics and tylenol wasn't taking the edge off the pain. The ambesol in the ear worked RIGHT AWAY!
I first warmed olive oil by floating some in tepid water, that did not work for him. (02/15/2006)
I'm a 19year old university student. At 1am, I was rudely awoken by the most intense pain I've ever felt. Any sudden head jerk seemed to send a sharp wave of pain straight through me. All I could hear was a beating/throbbing sound in my left ear. Sheer agony. Take paracetemol to dull the pain, along with ibuprofen to reduce the inflammation. It's an agonising 3-5days, but when the infection's gone, it's fantastic! (10/18/2006)
By kelly d
Help! I am 18 and literally spazing because of the pain and it's almost got me in tears and I never cry. I've never experienced something this bad HELP ANYONE how do I get rid of it. (02/24/2007)
My ear seems blocked and hurts too! It has also been bleeding what do I do! Please help.
(b)Editor's Note:(/b) It would be best to see a doctor as soon as possible. (04/19/2007)
Its like 4 am and I've been up all night this ear ache is getting worse and worse i tried the peroxide and holding a warm rag on it... It will not stop and I'm going to cry! (04/22/2007)
Taking a combination of guaifenesin and a decongestant (like Mucinex + decongenstant) may help unblock the ear canal. Also you can take up to 800 mg of ibuprofen at a time 3 times a day. (05/14/2007)
I HAVE GOT A TERRIBLE earache it hurt down the left side of my throat and also when i lay on my left side. any tips anyone. (07/22/2007)
By JACKIE GREEN
Get a warm towel and place it over ear..... it works takes 5 mins
I have had a very bad earache for two weeks now. Nothing is working I am taking amoxicillin and ibuprofen but they are not working. I have tried sweet oil and olive oil, but seem to make the pain worse. It's like my whole ear is block up. Any other advise out there?
What is the best way to relief earache and what are the best medicines? (09/18/2007)
By S KHAN
I already have a bad earache and I don't know how to get rid of it! Help!
I'm 15 years old and I have this horrible ear ache. At first I just had a sore throat which I think is strep throat. But now I have the ear ache and I'm inconsolable. Its in my right ear. I've been on the heating pad for 2 hours now and there is some popping which gives me relief for like 3 seconds then pain again. All I can do is cry. Please help me. (10/11/2007)
My left ear is hurting really bad. i don't know what to do. I tried almost every thing. Please help me. (10/25/2007)
Ya I have been trying all of these methods, except oil. The hoot cloth work for a little while, but you have to keep warming up cloths, so I will try the oil. (11/07/2007)
Try sitting upright first. This will help the ear drain. Then try holding a blow dryer (ON LOW) 16-18 inches away from the ear.
I'm sitting at school now and just had a sharp pain in my ear, i think it is the start of earache, any advice? when i don't have any heated pads or oils? (12/06/2007)
(quote)Wrap black pepper in a clean white cloth, like a handerchief, making a little ball, about the size of the tip of your thumb. Used a rubber band or string to tie it. Dip into hot coffee, squeeze excess out, then cool enough not to burn. Insert this into the ear for pain relief. This saved us from many a night of agony. I hope it helps you.(/quote)
Thank you very much, this did help a fair bit, since I can't take anymore painkillers (and am unsure as how to go about the oil and peroxide. (12/17/2007)
Can someone please HELP me! For the past few days my right ear has been bothering me. It would pop at times, for example when i would yawn or blow my nose.But that has stopped now. The problem is now that I cant hear. My ear is BLOCKED. It's so annoying cause i hear myself talking all the time.I have went to the doctor already and they gave me some drops but its still not working.I cant take nothing really over the counter cause im pregnant.So can someone PLEASE HELP! With other advise. (01/08/2008)
I started to feel a earache coming on and my friend told me to take peroxide and a eye dropper and put it in the ear that was bothering me and It really helped! I could hear popping and cracking in my ear and two days later my ear didn't hurt at all. Now, I still did get sick, but I didn't have the earache anymore! I don't know if it worked cause I caught it in time or what but I suggest that people try it! (01/22/2008)
I am 15 and I have two aching ears. I don't want to do something that will make them worse but I swim and I have a big meet in 4 days. help! what will work? (01/27/2008)
I have a problem my ear hurts a lot. I put some ear drops in it and it made it worse. I think there's an infection going around. I need help or my mom will blow a fuse [because I can't play my violin.. Too loud! Please help (02/06/2008)
By Pony Lover
I have a child with ear ache. Taking Amoxicillion but hurts right now and I need a home remedy. (02/16/2008)
If you mix anbesol (toothache medicine), a tiny squirt of spf 15 lotion, and hydrogen peroxide in a bowl with some warm water, then put about half of a syringe into your ear and wait about five minutes, the earache will instantly go away.(i)(/i) (02/16/2008)
By Dr. May Rawson
I'm A 14 Year Old Male With An INTENSE Ear-ache and it hurts really bad and I cant hear much out of my left ear! Anyone have any solutions? IT REALLY HURTS!
Sweet oil helped me a little bit! (02/26/2008)
I'm 14 years old and my ears is hurting badly. For the past 4 days I'm really scared. Can someone give me good advice plz. (03/13/2008)
Take a cotton ball and soak it in mouthwash. It will take away the pain. Do not use alcohol! The mouthwash might sting a lil bit, but WORKS, and totally worth it! Also, go to an ears nose and throat doctor, they work wonders. (03/17/2008)
5ml of Hidrogen Peroxide inside the ear cannal for 3-5min will usually aleviate an earache caused by a cold or flu. Any earache caused by infection (pus in ear or glands) will require antibiotics and anti inflammatory medication; Do not hesitate to consult your physician for proper medication. Any heated liquid inside the ear can harm the delicate timpanic membrane... be careful! (03/23/2008)
By Dr. Rigoberto Cruz
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