EAR PAIN – HOME REMEDY ?
Dr Vikram Bhardwaj
Many parents face this scenario when the child wakes up with severe ear pain and ear blockage. Its a torture for any parent to see their child in such bad pain and feel so helpless.
So what can you do in such a case?
Immediate best course of action is to give anti-inflammatory painkiller like Syrup Ibugesic Plus or Meftal P. The pain should subside and child would go back to sleep. However the pain would return as the effect of painkiller weans off.
What is the cause of such severe sudden onset ear pain?
First a basic understanding of ear anatomy is important.
The ear is divided into 3 parts – outer /middle and inner ear. Most causes of ear pain arise from outer and middle ear . Some pain are actually not ear pains but from surrounding structures like TM Joint , Cervical pain etc (called referred ear pain) .
The two most common causes of ear pains are Otitis externa and Middle ear infection (ASOM).
How I help a suffering patient over the phone is to ask few simple questions – does your ear hurt when you touch it? If yes, most likely it is Otitis externa.
Does your ear hurt when you clench your teeth or chew? Most likely it is TM joint pain.
Does your ear hurt when you burp /swallow or cough ? Most likely its middle ear infection.
But still , the safest thing to do when medical facilities are not available is to take oral pain killers .
Donot put any ear drops without confirmation of diagnosis because different diseases need different type of ear drops .eg for fungal infection, steroids are avoided but for otitis externa, steroids are preferred. For wax, only wax dissolving oils are helpful. For bacterial infections, antibiotics are required. For ASOM (acute middle ear infection due to cold) , nasal drops and oral antibiotics are needed and not ear drops.
However, Oral painkiller will cover and supress all types of ear pain.
So best course of action is to give oral pain killers to a crying child and get it examined by the specialist ASAP. Do not put oils/garlic in the ear.
SO OUR OPINION IS – THERE IS ONLY ONE HOME REMEDY FOR ACUTE EAR PAIN. GIVE AN ORAL OTC ( over the counter) PAIN KILLER AND SEE THE DOCTOR NEXT THING IN MORNING.