Ear infections can hurt. They can last for about a week and leaving one feeling miserable. Otitis is the medical name for ear infections.
The are three different kinds of infections a person can have:
1. External Otitis– The outer ear and ear canal are effected by this. It is often referred to as swimmers ear. The ear is sensitive to the touch and may be red or inflamed. It is caused by a bacterial build up or fungal infection in the ear tubes on the skin.
2. Otitis Media– This is also known as middle ear infection. There may be fluid build up behind the ears or the ear drum may be punctured. There is a deep throbbing sensation with this pain, along with fevers and headaches.
3. Otitis internal– Hearing and loss of balance are often effected with this type of ear infection. If the area is inflamed it can lead to severe fevers, headaches and vertigo.
Often many want to know how the pain can be controlled. It is often worth trying a natural at home remedy instead of rushing to the doctors office unless the ear infection is severe. One of the best ways to get rid of pain and draw infection out is to use the sock salt method.
You will need an old pair of clean white socks, as well as course ground sea salt. Place 2 cups of the sea salt into the sock and tie in a tight knot. Place the sock in a clean pan and heat over low heat for 5 minutes, making sure to rotate so one area does not get too hot. Then place the sock over the ear as well as on the jawbone.
The pain will begin to lessen. When you are done with the sock, you can place it in the refrigerator to use again and again.
Many are astonished to know that this really does work. This is because the salt is an antiseptic and has natural healing properties. It can also retain heat which will help to sooth the ears that are inflamed.