When I first designed my web page I included a category for alternative treatments to ENT disorders. Later, however, I changed that category because it was so difficult to find information about alternative treatments that followed About.com's guidelines for their health guides. I would still like to provide information for individuals who would rather forgo conventional medicine and the easiest way to do that is on my blog. I think I will try to do at least one blog per week on an ENT disorder and alternative treatments that can be used. We'll start with adult ear infections.
First let me say that I do have some reservations about using alternative medicine. For one thing, it doesn't work for everyone. For another thing herbs and vitamins can interfere with prescription or over the counter medications. Sorry, but there is a time to see a doctor or go to the hospital, if you are having life threatening symptoms such as difficulty breathing, chest pain, or excessive bleeding for example. If your symptoms get worse after trying an alternative treatment discontinue it immediately.
Now, there are several different types of adult ear infections. These remedies are intended to be used for otitis media (a middle ear infection):
garlic oil (applied to a cotton ball and then inserted into the ear), green tea, olive leaf, and St. John's Wart oil are all thought to fight infection, particularly viral infections which are responsible for the majority of middle ear infections. If the infection can be proven bacterial you probably do need an antibiotic.
Mullein oil has anti-inflammatory properties, it should be applied to a cotton ball and then gently inserted into the ear canal.
Echinacea is thought to boost immunity, but recent studies I have read challenged this.
Finally the easiest home remedy: keep your head propped up. This allows the Eustachian Tube to drain which relieves pressure and pain.
I would love to hear from anyone who has tried these remedies and could give us some insight into the efficacy of any of these treatments or has other alternative treatments for adult ear infections. Oh, and thank you http://www.herbalremediesinfo.com/EarInfections.html for the info!
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