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.
Warm Compress to Treat Earache
- Soak a towel in very warm water, ring out the excess, and press it to the affected ear. Alternatively, you may wrap a hot water bottle in a towel and use this as a pillow for the affected ear.
Why It Works
The warmth provides soothing pain relief, improves circulation to promote healing, and promotes fluid drainage.
Please consult your healthcare provider if you suspect an ear infection, as improper treatment can lead to severe complications.