The ear is one of the most important areas of the body, but yet it is also one of the most sensitive organs of the body. It often is very susceptible to pain and infections otherwise known as earaches.
Earaches occur for many reasons, including too much exposure to harsh winds or freezing temperatures. Sometimes allergens or loud music cause pains in the ear and so does water becoming lodged in the ear after swimming.
Common earache symptoms include as follows: Outer ear itchiness, pain when ear is pulled or touched, constant ringing or buzzing, decreased ability to hear, thick drainage (either wax, or debris, or both).
- Get a doctor’s checkup. This is especially necessary if you notice the pain does not go away after a minimum of a few hours to one day. This is the best way to confirm what the real ear problem really is so that it can be treated accordingly
- Seek proper medicinal treatment. Many earache cases are remedied by way of antibiotics. However, of course you need a prescription for most of these kinds of medicines and that is one reason to see a doctor. Another reason to see a medical professional is to make sure the antibiotic solution is not really a viral problem, otherwise using the antibiotic would not help.
- Treat the pain with a heating pad. This especially helps if wax is clogging the middle or inner ear. It prevents you from having to insert a cotton swab into your ear canal and it melts away the substance that causes stuffiness, itchiness, or pain
- Keep your ear dry, especially the canal. Use earplugs when swimming, cover your ears when going outside while it rains. You should also empty out any water that may be stuck in your ear after swimming or showering.
Other Protective or Preventive Tips
Chewing gum when on an plane helps prevent pressure from causing your ears to ache while you are in the air. You can also use a dehumidifier especially on hot days or when the heater is running so that moisture does not build up in your ear.
You should also use earplugs while swimming but when you do make sure you do not insert them into your ear too far. The same is true when using cotton swabs to clean your ear, and it helps to moisten a swab with water when using it.
You should know that a little bit of hydrogen peroxide mixed with some water sprayed into the ear helps clean out the ear. Be careful to remember to tilt the ear you just cleansed downward so that you can drain out the excess moisture.
If you have any questions about safety while cleaning your ears talk to your doctor. Regular checkups can also ensure that you retain your hearing for as many years as possible. Finally, make sure you remember to protect your ears when listening to loud music.