Ear ache can be unbearable. It is often caused by an ear infection raising the pressure on the eardrum. This stretches it and causes pain. Blockage of the Eustachian tube stops the middle ear air space venting to the outside world. The blockage can cause pressure to build up. Here are some remedies for you.
Paracetamol. This is a powerful painkiller. Do not underestimate it. It is cheap and available over-the-counter and is definitely the starting point for treatment of earache.
Ibuprofen. This anti-inflammatory drug is great because it treats pain and inflammation. Reducing the inflammation in the ear canal can help to reduce the pressure. Ibuprofen is the safest of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. It has fewer side-effects than naproxen and the other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Decongestants. Decongestants may help to unblock the nasal passages and open them up. Try Olbas oil, eucalyptus oil or pseudoephedrine based medications. It's worth trying a few different varieties until you find one which works. Try inhaling them with steam as well to increase the efficacy.
Steroid nasal spray. If you have allergies then it is worth trying a steroid nose spray such as Beconase. These contain beclomethasone which actively reduces inflammation and the nasal passages. This can help to open them up and ease the blockage.
This article isn't a substitute for medical advice. Make sure you visit your GP if you have an ear problem.
Dr Toby Bateson for ZenPlugs.com