Earache What is Earache?

Earache is a condition where one feels and suffers from pain in one or both ears. This occurs in both adults and children but most especially in children under 5 years of age.


What Causes Earache?

  • Ear infection. When the ear suffers from an infection, one is most likely to feel pain in the area.
  • Food sensitivities. Children become prone to earaches due to their susceptibility to react to certain foods. Some foods that have been known to cause sensitivities are eggs, corn, peanuts, wheat, and cow’s milk. Most often, the culprit is cow’s milk and other milk products.
  • Ear trauma. Instances that create a great impact on the ear, would often cause ear trauma that is characterized by earache.
  • Diseases. There are certain diseases that could cause pain in the ears. Some of these are mumps, herpes zoster, hyperacusis, keratosis obturans, skin cancer, eczema, pharyngitis, tonsillitis, and many others.


Diagnosis, Signs, and Symptoms of Earache

Whenever you feel pain in the ears, then you are already suffering from earache. Depending on your condition, the pain would either be excruciating or not. Children who are prone to respiratory infections, would often feel pain in the ears more often than adults.


Remedies, Treatment and Cure for Earache

Antibiotics are often prescribed for those who suffer from earaches, but this could usually aggravate other conditions like acne and thrush. For some, changing the diet into a healthier one does them good. Foods that trigger sensitivities should be avoided and replaced with foods that support a good immune system.

Diet for Earache

  • Avoid cow’s milk and other dairy products in your diet. Eggs and wheat based foods must be avoided as well.
  • While symptoms are acute, avoid foods that are considered to be mucus forming. Some of these foods are chocolate, cheese, and milk. Just take note that any food that you have an intolerance of could trigger mucus production, so you must avoid them as well.
  • Avoid sugar. This tends to get the immune system weaker, and often leaves children prone to infections. Some examples of foods to avoid are fizzy drinks and a whole lot of desserts.
  • Also avoid taking in excessive amounts of fruit juices. These are usually citrus based and could worsen the problem.
  • Once you are able to identify that cow’s milk is the culprit try to go for an alternative like rice, oat, or almond milk.
  • If you like pasta, look for wheat-free pasta. You can find those made from quinoa, corn, rice, lentils, and vegetables.
  • Try to replace bread with rice bread, rye or amaranth crackers, and oatcakes.
  • Fortify your immune system by eating a lot of fruits and vegetables. Eat more of those that are rich in carotenoids like spinach, sweet potatoes, and carrots. You could also have broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts.

Helpful Remedies

  • Echinacea (3-4 times a day up to 3 weeks). If you want to use this as a tincture, take note of using 1 drop per 13lbs. of body weight.
  • Vitamin C (1g taken with food daily). This helps boost the immune system and fight infection.
  • Children’s multivitamin and minerals. This would make sure that children would have all the nutrients they need in order to have a strong immune system.
  • Nondairy, low-fat, live yoghurts contain friendly acidophilus bacteria that could replenish healthy bacteria that were destroyed through the use of antibiotics. Some children might not like plain yoghurt, so what you can do is to add some fresh fruit and whiz in the blender for a few seconds.

Helpful Hints

  • Parents should avoid smoking near their children as this has been linked to the occurrence of ear infections.
  • A hot-water bottle could be placed by the ear.
  • You can also try squeezing a small amount of onion water into the affected ear. Onion is a natural decongestant and could help relieve the condition.
  • If your child suffers from ear infection, do not let him swim underwater as it could worsen the problem.
  • Children who use dummies become prone to ear infections.
  • Test your child for food intolerances by consulting an allergy specialist.
  • Try to check your child’s head and neck alignment by seeing a chiropractor. When there is a misalignment, it could exacerbate the problem.
  • You could also use ear candles on children so that excess earwax is removed without causing pain to the child. In fact, these ear candles are fun to use.
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