Vinegar with alcohol
Earache is a common ailment for people of all ages, and is typically caused by an infection of either the outer ear (otitis externa) or of the inner ear (otitis media). Otitis externa is actually an infection of the skin of the outer ear or ear canal, and is often referred to as “swimmer’s ear.” It may be caused by trapped moisture from swimming or bathing, or from injury to the ear canal. Otitis media is an infection of the middle ear or eardrum caused by bacteria growing behind the eardrum. Other possible causes for earache include a blocked Eustachian tube, foreign particles inside the ear, or impacted teeth.
Vinegar and Rubbing Alcohol to Relieve Earache
- Mix equal parts white distilled vinegar and rubbing alcohol and place in a dropper. Use several drops in the affected ear twice daily.
Why It Works
Vinegar kills bacteria responsible for an inner ear infection, while alcohol helps the moisture evaporate that could lead to swimmer’s ear. In cases of sever inner ear infection, vinegar may not be sufficient to eliminate the bacteria.
If you suspect an ear infection please consult your healthcare provider, as severe complications can result from improperly treated ear infections. Do not use vinegar and rubbing alcohol if you have ever punctured your eardrum, or have had tubes in your ears.