Ear pain is a difficult thing to work through. It has many different causes, including infection, trauma, a foreign body, and chronic inflammation problems. Ear pain can affect hearing, making your day more difficult, make showering excruciating, and sleeping impossible. If you are aching from intense or persistent ear pain, you should see a doctor check for foreign objects or thorough professional cleaning. Since antibiotics are not typically prescribed for an ear infection as the bacteria is commonly self-limiting, you may find alternative relief. Keep reading to learn more about inexpensive, time-tested home remedies for ear pain.

1. Steam

Consistent exposure to dry air can wreak havoc on all your airways, ears included. The lack of moisture can cause redness, irritation and in extreme cases, bleeding. If you have a humidifier, consider plugging it in, turning it up or sitting next to it. If you do not, boiling a pot of water will help humidify the air in the house, and sitting in the bathroom with a hot shower or just enjoying a hot shower will expose you to the healing effect. When none of those options are to your liking, you could position your head a safe distance above a pan of steaming hot water and then place a towel over your head to keep the steam from escaping.