There are few things worse than waking up and feeling a throbbing pain in your ear.
Is there a bug in there? Do I have an ear infection? Is my ear falling off?
Some of these questions may be warranted (and some not so much), but here are a few home tips that might help you get rid of that pesky aching feeling.
Try a Cold or Warm Compress
Similar to when you have a neck or back ache and use a warm or cold towel or heating pad, your ear can really benefit from a compress! Try alternating between warm and cold for around 10 minutes at a time and you should feel some relief. A bigger plus is that this method is safe for children, too.
Get Chiropractic Treatment
Sometimes your earache can feel like it spans the full length of your body, especially your back. Ironic enough, a chiropractic appointment can actually help your ear! Although not a medically supported remedy to earaches, chiropractic work can come with a lot of benefits, so it’s worth a try.
Sleep a Different Way
Honestly, this might be the most unaccepted method just because, well, who wants to change!? The truth is, if your ear is somehow aggravated, putting less pressure on it can be a game changer. If you’re a side sleeper, try laying on your back, or switching to the other side. This, plus a few additional pillows for elevation can help drain your ears faster, leading to a little more relief.
Rinse with Hydrogen Peroxide
This method has been used for years, so there’s a chance that your mom or grandmother has already recommended it to you at some point. Just put a few drops of peroxide in your ear and let it sit for a few minutes. You may want to tilt your head while doing this to avoid a mess. After a few minutes, let it drain, then rinse your ear with clean water!
Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers
This may seem like a no brainer, but before you go to the doctor, try simple pain relievers like ibuprofen. Because these target pain, your ear may get a sense of relief. Of course, follow the appropriate dose recommendations for children and adults!
If you’re still experiencing earaches after trying a few of these remedies, don’t hesitate to contact Ryan Stern, M.D. in Federal Way, WA today!