Most people do not think of their ear pains much, however, when it develops, it feels as if it has taken monster proportions. Though the pain is often unbearable, they’re rarely life-threatening. But they could be still serious, particularly if it is caused by an infection. Hence, it is best to treat your earache as soon as possible. In this article, you will find 10 best home remedies for earaches in adults as well as children. Before I list them down, you should know few things.


What Is Earache?

Earache or ear pain is the consequence of infection inside the ear. Your middle ear is occupied with air. However, during cold, mucus is accumulated, which in turn is infected by bacteria. Thus, leading to an ear pain. On the other hand, even long exposure to high sound might cause a whistling or buzzing noise inside ear, which often leads to threshold shift (temporary), where one is more likely to observe dullness while hearing, typically reversible in 1 – 2 days.

What Causes Earache?

Though there are different reasons triggering an earache. Some common ones include

  • Ear blockage (especially inside Eustachian or ear tube)
  • Eardrum damage
  • Tooth infection
  • Earwax
  • Ear injury
  • Tonsillitis
  • Arthritis
  • Sinusitis
  • When an object is stuck in the ear
  • Pharyngitis

Internal Causes

  • Common cold
  • Bacterial infection
  • Allergies
  • Abnormal ear structure
  • Inflammation in Eustachian tubes
  • Infection in upper / greater respiratory tract
  • Feeding the baby (using bottle) in lying-down position
  • Passive smoking

External Causes

  • Moisture accumulation inside ear canal, often due to showers & swimming
  • Outer ear injury, especially at the eardrum or canal
  • Ear canal (outer) infection
  • Nose or throat infection
  • Excess earwax inside the ear
  • Fungal build up in the ear
  • Ear disease
  • Eardrum puncture when cleaning
  • An injury in the jawbone
  • Ruptured eardrum
  • Blister formation in the eardrum

Symptoms Of An Earache

Earaches affect both adults & children; however, is more commonly seen in kids. The common symptoms include

  • Hear-loss
  • Chronic pain
  • Fever
  • Singing and buzzing sound inside the ear
  • Discharge from ear canal
  • Swelling in the ear
  • Itchiness in the ear
  • Ear blockage
  • Bleeding from ear canal
  • Diarrhea
  • Sleep loss
  • Vomiting
  • Appetite loss
  • Irritability
  • Fussiness