Earache, a condition more common in kids than in adults, but can affect just about any age; can be a dull pain or sharp stinging sensation that can prevent you from performing simple tasks with ease.
This problem can be caused by numerous factors, the most common of which is ear infection. Fluid can build inside the eardrum, or there can be an infection of the ear canal. It can also be caused by an infected hair follicle inside the ear canal.
Other possible reasons include ear canal eczema otherwise known as seborrhoeic dermatitis, trauma or injury to the ear canal, earwax blockage, jaw pain, facial nerve pain, dental abscess (or other tooth problems), and throat infection.
It’s easy to detect earache, as the first sign is pain in the ears that reverberate to the face and head. Other signs and symptoms are high temperature (above 38 degrees Celsius), sleep problems, poor feeding (in children and babies), coughing, runny nose, balance problems, and difficulty in hearing.
According to medical experts, it’s a must to get urgent medical attention if pain in the ears is accompanied by stiff neck, lethargy or inconsolable crying (in babies).
When you go to the doctor, he will diagnose your condition by using an otoscope to take a peek inside your ear. If he sees inflammation or redness, this will prompt him to perform additional procedures to confirm suspicions of ear infection.
Although it seems like a minor problem, the pain can definitely be annoying, and can even hamper your daily activities. If you’re not comfortable taking medicines for this condition, you might want to try homeopathic remedies such as the ones provided in the post below.
These remedies are proven effective for relieving acute earache symptoms. It’s advisable to use the remedy on the onset of the symptoms. Recommended remedies include use of aconitum, allium cepa, belladonna, chamomilla, mercurius, and pulsatilla.
To prevent ear infection, washing hands can help a lot. This can prevent the spread of infection-causing bacteria. It’s also a good idea to stop smoking. Ear infections are more common in people who live with smokers. Even third hand smoke (the tobacco fumes that stick to your hair and clothes) can up the risk of ear infection.
For babies, breastfeeding your baby reduces risk of ear infections. Make sure your baby gets all the necessary immunizations. And if possible, avoid giving pacifier.