Earache, may be caused by infections in the inner or outer ear, or by disorders of the throat, teeth or joints of the jaw. Ear infections can cause severe pain and loss of hearing.
Flying can cause temporary earache and hearing loss due to the change in pressure on either side of the eardrum. If the eustachian tube (connecting the ears and back of the mouth and nose) can be opened by yawning or swallowing it can relieve the pressure in the inner ear.
Middle ear infections are very common in childhood and are the cause of glue ear. Herbs and supplements can help avoid repeated infection and avoid the need for grommets to be inserted into the ear.
Nutritional Supplements that could help. (Refer to the individual supplement for cautions in use.)
|Supplement/Herb||What it does||Dosage|
|Echinacea||Enhances immune function by increasing the production of white blood cells and stimulating activation of white blood cells. It appears that echinacea is most effective taken at the onset of an infection. In long-term use many herbalists suggest that a 1-2 week break be taken every 8 weeks or so.||300 – 500mg 3 times daily during infection|
|Vitamin A||Needed for healthy skin, immune system and mucous membranes.||as directed|
|Vitamin C||Helps support the immune system, anti-histamine and helps the mucous membranes to heal.||1000mg 3 times daily during an attack|
|Beta carotene||Anti-oxidant and immune boosting the body also converts it to Vitamin A.||as directed|
|Bioflavanoids||Recommended for their immune boosting anti-inflammatory properties.||as directed|
Diet and Lifestyle Factors
Ear infections may be due to an allergy to dairy products, which are very mucous forming. You can do a simple home blood test available from Food Detective. At the onset of an attack of earache it can be useful to cut out dairy, eggs, corn, wheat, peanuts, refined carbohydrates, sugars, canned drinks .
As a matter of course, you should eliminate sugars, refined food and canned drinks from your diet anyway as sugar damages the immune system.
Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables and oily fish.
The natural sweetener xylitol, extracted from birch trees, has been found to protect children from repeated attacks of earache. It forms a barrier which prevent bacteria infecting the lining of the mouth, throat, sinuses and eustachian tube. Xylitol is available as a natural sugar which can be used in cooking or added to food in place of refined sugars. It is often used in toothpaste and chewing gum for it’s anti-bacterial benefits.
Homoeopathic Remedies which may help. (Refer to the individual remedy for guidance on the one that is most appropriate for you.)
- Ferrum Phos
- Hepar Sulph
- Merc sol
- Earache self help
- garlic for earache
- massage for earache