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Home Remedies for Ear Discharge

Home Remedies for Ear Discharge
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What is Ear Discharge?

Ear discharge or known as otorrhea medically is the term used to describe the state of ears which have fluid come out of them. However, it is treated as a common problem which can affect any body from children to older adults [1][2].

Earwax is the normal discharge from ear; however, drainage or fluid is unusual, and it is often the sign for some other ailments [3].

What causes Ear Discharge?

  • Damage to the eardrum
  • Injury to the ear canal which can lead to eczema and irritations
  • Middle ear gets infections
  • Have swimmer’s ear

Symptoms:

  • Pain in the ear
  • Feeling heavy in the ear
  • Experience discomforts

Here are the top 15 most effective home remedies for ear discharge which you can apply easily at home in order to help get rid of this problems sooner. However, in case you have experienced the problem for a while and especially when the discharge contains weird smell, you need to consult a doctor immediately to prevent any possible damage for your ear drum and middle ear…

1. Gravity

The most important thing in curing ear discharge is clearing all the fluid inside the ear and you can have gravity do that for you.

How to do:

  • Keep your ear parallel to the ground. Take 1 finger into your ear to make the vacuum effect in order to suck the fluid out. Cleanse with cotton stick or cloth.
  • Another option is lying down with your ear on a towel.

2. Warm Compress

The heat can increase the fluid’s flow efficiently as well as soothe any pain occurred.

Warm Compress - Home Remedies for Ear Discharge

How to use:

  • Soak a piece of cloth into hot water and squeeze. Put the cloth onto your ear for around 5 minutes while keeping your ear parallel to the ground in order to encourage fluid coming out. Rest for a while and repeat the procedure.
  • Another option is lying down with your ear on a heat pad wrapped in cloth for couples of minutes.

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3. Steam Inhalation

Hot steam has the effect of opening the Eustachian tube which will promote the removal of fluid inside the ear.

How to use:

  • Take a large bowl of hot boiling water with some drops of eucalyptus or any other essential oils.
  • Cover your head with a towel and breathe in the steam for around 10 minutes.
  • After that, tilt the head and keep the affected ear parallel to the ground in order to encourage fluid coming out.
  • Repeat for another round if needed.

Steam Inhalation is a popular home remedy which can treat various problems. You can find out at: Home Remedies for Loss of Smell and Taste and Phlegm.

4. White Vinegar and Alcohol

The antibacterial property of vinegar and the drying effect of alcohol can make a perfect combination for fluid removal inside the ear [4].

How to use:

  • Fill the dropper with equal amount of vinegar and alcohol.
  • Put few drops into the affected ear.
  • After 10 minutes, keep the affected ear parallel to the ground to allow fluid to come out
  • Perform twice per day to prevent infections.

5. Garlic

The antibiotic property of garlic can effectively treat middle ear infections which is one of the causes for ear discharge [5][6].

Garlic - Home Remedies for Ear Discharge

  • Take 2 to 3 cloves of garlic and extract the juice.
  • Use the dropper to put some drops of garlic juice into the ear.
  • After 5 minutes, dry your ear using hair dryer.
  • Perform twice per day for couples of day.

Plus, garlic has been long used as an trusted ingredient in many remedies, including Home Remedies for Oral Thrush.

6. Neem Oil

Also known as Indian lilac or sometimes margosa, is excellent in reducing inflammation and pain as well as preventing infections [7][8].

How to use:

  • Use the dropper to put few drops into your ear.
  • After 15 minutes, let the fluid come out by keep your affected ear face parallel to the ground.
  • Perform 2 to 3 times per day.

7. Basil

Basil - Home Remedies for Ear Discharge

The antibiotic property in basil can help prevent infections from discharge as well as soothe pain if any [9].

How to use:

  • Squeeze some basil leaves to extract the juice.
  • Warm up the juice and use the dropper to put few drops into the ear.
  • Perform twice per day.

8. Onion

In case, the discharge from your ear is pus, onion will be perfect choice as it can effectively control the infections in middle ear.

How to use:

  • Take 1 onion and extract the juice.
  • Warm it up and use the dropper to put few drops into your ear.
  • After 5 minutes, remove the juice by keep your ear facing the ground parallel for the juice to come out.
  • Perform 2 to 3 times per day.

9. Breast Milk

Inflammation, pus and middle ear infections can be controlled effectively using breast milk due to its antibiotic property. However, breast milk is hard to obtain as there is always a pregnant lady around [10].

How to use:

  • Take the dropper to put some drops of breast milk into your ear.
  • Perform couples of time per day.

10. Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil - Home Remedies for Ear Discharge

The antiseptic and antibiotic properties of tea tree oil can effectively treat the symptoms of ear discharge and prevent ear infections [11][12].

How to use:

  • Mix some oil with water or other essential oils based on your choice and directly apply on the affected area of your ear.

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11. Mustard Oil

Against ear infections, mustard oil is extremely effective for soothing pain as well as preventing infections.

How to use:

  • Use the dropper to put few drops of oil into your ear.
  • After few minutes, put your ear facing the ground parallel in order for the oil to come out.
  • Repeat few times to maximize the impact.

12. Corn Flour

Acting as a drying agent, corn flour is excellent for the type of discharge which located near the outer parts of the ear. Furthermore, corn flour is extremely effective against the case involve pus. Directly apply corn flour using your clean and sterilized hand or cotton bud.

13. Clove Oil

Clove Oil - Home Remedies for Ear Discharge

With similar application as neem oil which is reducing pain and control infections, you can take the dropper to put few drops of clove oil into your ear for couples of minutes before letting them out [13].

14. Mango Leaf Juice

Another type of leaf-extracted juice which is good for treating ear infections is mango leaf juice.

How to use:

  • Take few clean mango leaves and extract them for the juice.
  • Warm up the juice and use the dropper to put few drops of the juice into your ear.
  • Keep them there for few minutes before getting them out.
  • Perform the procedure for about 3 times per day until the infections is finished.

15. Avoid Phlegm-Producing Foods

As mucus or phlegm will obstruct the treatment of ear discharge, you need to completely avoid them in order to have a quick healing process.

  • Keep out of dairy products such as milk, cheese or yogurt…
  • Keep out of animal products such as meat and eggs…
  • Keep out of gluten such as wheat, barley and rye…
  • Keep out of caffeine and alcohol products.
  • Keep out of sugar-rich products.
  • Keep out of phlegm-producing fruits such as potato, corn, cabbage and banana…
  • Increase consuming foods which can help you reduce and prevent phlegm such as garlic, onion, broccoli, bell pepper and leafy greens…

*Disclaim: The effectiveness from applying these natural tips will be depended on the body condition of the applicant.

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