Ear infections are horrible and painful. They are sharp stabbing pains in the ear that can results in serious complications related to hearing if left untreated. In severe cases of ear infections, the eardrum can be ruptured.
The ear is composed of three areas. The outer ear that is visible including the auditory duct. The middle ear is formed with three small bones, hammer, anvil, and stirrup. The inner ear is the areas where sound waves change to nerve pulses to the brain as well as the labyrinth that is responsible for the sense of balance.
Some of the symptoms of an ear infection include inflammation resulting in muted sounds. The causes for the infections include water in the ear, bacteria in the middle ear entering through the nose and throat, and an inner infection transferred from the middle ear. The infections in the middle and inner ear are the most dangerous since it can result in permanent hearing loss when the infection is left untreated.
Treatment for ear infections include antibiotics and intake of natural antibiotics such as garlic, Echinacea, vitamins A, C, and E. There are eardrops to reduce the inflammation of the ear and providing relief from the swelling and discomfort.
Earwax is one of the leading causes for ear infections. It is strongly recommended never place any object in the ear. To soothe the ear from pain, use mustard oil, liquid glycerin, mineral oil, almond oil, or sweet oil that is warmed slightly. Place several drops in the affected ear allowing the drops to travel into the ear canal. The oils will soften the wax so it can naturally fall out of the ear. The following day after inserting the oil drops into the ear, use warm water and rinse the ear to remove any excess wax remaining in the ear. Repeat these for two days to remove any dry harden wax in the ears. Do not insert any objects such as q-tips into the ear to remove the wax. This will only compact the wax deeper into the ear leading to further complications and infections.
If you have trouble hearing due to plugged ear canals, mix one tablespoon of glycerin and one tablespoon of salt boiled in a half of a glass of water. Drop 10 drops of the solution into each nostril to open the ducts to the middle ear. The liquid will drain through the throat and open the ducts of the ears.
As with all ear infections, it is recommended to consult your doctor for treatment, as there are some serious ear infections that may need to be treated with antibiotics to lessen the severity of the damage to the three areas of the ear.