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What are some home earache remedies?

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A few drops of warm olive oil put in the affected ear with a medicine dropper is a home remedy for earache, according to Dr. William Sears, because it soothes the inflamed eardrum. Dr. Sears also recommends turning the head to one side with the affected ear up, so the oil reaches the ear drum, and fluids in the ear have a chance to drain, relieving pressure on the eardrum.

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Dr. Weil recommends inserting garlic, warm olive oil infused with garlic or mullein oil in the affected ear before loosely plugging the ear with cotton and gargling with warm salt water several times a day. Applying a warm washcloth to the ear may ease pain, according to WebMD, as can rest and over-the-counter, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain relievers.

As revealed in a study described in Pediatrics, children who use five drops of naturopathic ear drops that contain a combination of allium sativum, verbascum thapsus, calendula flores, hypericum perfoliatum, lavender and vitamin E in olive oil three times per day are more likely to feel less pain within three days than children who use the drops together with an antibiotic. Many ear infections that cause earaches clear up on their own without any treatment at all, according to WebMD, but some require a trip to the doctor.

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