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Earache Remedies: How To Get Rid Of An Earache Fast?


Earaches, with their dull throbbing pain and pressure, are frustratingly common afflictions. While in some cases medical intervention may be needed, there are several effective home remedies that can provide fast relief when ear pain strikes.

Understanding Earaches 

An earache refers to soreness, discomfort or overt pain originating in the ear. This can affect the outer, middle, or inner ear areas with differing causes. Most frequently, earaches arise from ear infections and inflammation impacting the eardrum and ear canal. Relieving pressure and pain allows healing.

How to Get Rid of an Earache Fast

Home Remedies For Earaches

Several methods using items around the house can swiftly ease earache pain:

  • Applying Warm Compresses

Applying a warm, moist compress directly over and around the affected ear provides soothing relief by improving blood flow and relaxing muscles to reduce swelling and pressure.

  • Utilizing Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers 

Medications like acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen curb earache pain and decrease inflammation. Follow dosage instructions based on age and weight.

  • Trying Natural Oils and Extracts

Applying diluted, warmed olive oil coats the ear canal with a soothing protective film. Essential oils like peppermint and garlic oil have natural pain-relieving effects. Extracts of onion, ginger, and oregano also reduce inflammation when applied near the outer ear.

Hygiene and Prevention Tips

Practicing preventive ear hygiene reduces ear infection risk:

  • Dry ears thoroughly after bathing and swimming to prevent trapped bacteria and moisture buildup. 
  • Never insert objects into the ear canal which can cause microtears allowing infection.
  • Use earplugs when swimming to keep water out of the ear canal.
  • Avoid smoke exposure which irritates ears.

When To Seek Medical Attention? 

See a doctor immediately with:

  • Severe pain that persists beyond a few days
  • Fever over 101°F  
  • Pus-like discharge or fluid draining from the ear 
  • Redness and swelling behind or around the ear
  • Hearing loss, dizziness, ringing in the ears
  • Stiff neck accompanying the earache

These red flags indicate a potentially serious infection like mastoiditis or treatment complications.

Common Causes of Earaches

  • Ear infections – Bacterial and viral infections of the outer, middle, and inner ear structures. Most common cause.
  • Swimmer’s ear – Bacteria trapped by water irritate the ear canal.
  • Earwax buildup – Hardened wax blocks the ear canal putting pressure on the eardrum.
  • TonsillitisThroat infections spreading inflammation to the ears via the Eustachian tubes. 
  • Teeth grinding – Jaw and TMJ disorders refer pain to in the ears.
  • Foreign object – Objects lodged in the ear cause pain. Kids are prone to this.

Earaches In Children  

Earaches are most prevalent in children since their Eustachian tubes are shorter and narrower, allowing infections to spread more easily to the ears. Careful hygiene, limiting pacifier use, breastfeeding, and proper treatment of upper respiratory infections helps prevent childhood earaches.


While excruciating, most earaches can be swiftly alleviated at home with simple warm compresses, over-the-counter pain relievers, and natural extracts. However, worsening symptoms merit medical evaluation to treat serious infections. Preventive ear hygiene keeps earaches at bay.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What side should you sleep on with an earache?

Sleep on the side opposite the aching ear to avoid putting pressure on the inflamed area.

2. Do earaches affect balance?

Yes, inflammation in the inner ear impacts the vestibular system causing dizziness. This requires medical care.

3. Can TMJ cause referred ear pain?

Yes, the proximity of jaw joints means TMJ pain is sometimes felt in the ear area.

4. How long do earaches last?

With proper home treatment, ear pain should subside within 24-48 hours. Lingering pain needs medical attention.

5. Can allergies cause ear pain?

Yes, allergies can lead to congestion, infections and inflammation that spreads to the ears.

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Dr. Harold Gojiberry is not just your ordinary General Practitioner; he is a compassionate healthcare provider with a deep commitment to patient well-being and a passion for literature. With extensive medical knowledge and experience, Dr. Gojiberry has made a significant impact in the field of healthcare, particularly in the area of liver diseases and viral hepatitis.

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