An acute ear infection is anything but “cute”. Often accompanied by a nasty and painful fluid buildup in the eardrum, the fluid can cause a pressure-filled headache, and even be tinged with blood or pus.
If your ear infection gets to this point, you should make an appointment with your doctor immediately. However, while you wait for your appointment, there are a few techniques you can use to remove the pressure and fluid in your ear.
Here are ten easy ways to find relief from inner ear fluid…
1. Steam Treatment
A home steam treatment—employing a warm towel and a warm bowl of water near your affected ear—will help open the Eustachian tube (the tube that attaches to the middle ear is where fluid typically builds-up) so the fluid can escape. To prepare, fill a large bowl with boiling water, cover your head with the towel, and hold your ear over the steam bath. You can even add anti-inflammatory herbs like chamomile or tea tree. Just make sure you don’t stay under the towel for too long – 10 or 15 minutes at a time is safest, and if you get lightheaded, stay sitting down until it passes.
Sometimes the steam from a shower is good enough to loosen the fluid more and get it out of your ear. Allow steam to build up in the shower, and then take your time going through your body cleaning routine. A long shower may do the trick to get the fluid out. If not, try using the previously mentioned steam bowl.