Whether caused by an infection, an injury or a chronic inflammatory problem, ear pain can be debilitating. It can stop you from sleeping, make things awkward in the shower and ruin your concentration. While most causes of ear pain can be addressed by your doctor, many will advise avoiding antibiotic treatment for infections (since most bacterial causes of ear pain are self-limiting). Thankfully, there are some effective home remedies you can try. Here are ten of the best.
If you have a humidifier, you may find that sitting next to it reduces your ear pain. Consistently dry environments have a negative impact on the airways, sometimes causing ear irritation, and you can counteract this problem with the use of steam. If you don’t own a humidifier, simply sitting in a hot shower can also open and relax your airways, minimizing internal pressure and potentially reducing discomfort.