An earache can have a number of causes, including wind. Those with prolonged exposure to strong winds often end up with ear pain. Wind of any temperature can cause the pain, not just blustery, cold weather. Once this exposure is causing pain, however, what can one do to treat it?
In the book “The Doctor's Book of Home Remedies II,” a warm compress is recommended to alleviate a wind-caused earache. A towel soaked in hot water can bring needed relief. Alternatively, the book suggests a hot water bottle. Reclining your head on the bottle as if it were a pillow may ease the pain. Microwavable gel packs are another form of relief. Webmd.com suggests the use of a heating pad on a low setting, as the heat may additionally cause earwax to melt away. Do not use a heating pad for a child.
An ice pack may decrease swelling or the sensation of hotness on the ear, according to Webmd.com. Do not leave ice on the skin for more than 15 minutes at a time, and use it no more than three or four times per day within 48 hours of the injury. Place a cloth around the ice, and do not directly touch ice to the ear.
The use of oral or nasal decongestants may alleviate ear pain, according to Webmd.com. “The Doctor's Book of Home Remedies II” suggests the use of aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen to stop pain. Follow packaging directions for dosages appropriate for age. Children should not be given aspirin. Alternatively, drops of a warm mineral oil is recommended in the book. The oil can be warmed in a cup of hot water, but it should be tested on the wrist prior to application.
Do not continue to expose the ears to wind during an ache. The book suggests using a scarf or cotton in the ear openings to prevent further irritation.
Seek a Doctor
The book notes that a doctor's assistance should be sought if ear pain is severe or continues for more than 48 hours. If you notice blood, puss, redness or swelling in the ear, or sense dizziness or any hearing loss, you should seek medical help. The symptoms may be sign of a serious infection.
Webmd.com recommends not to use ear candles, as the site says they do not have proven benefits and can cause serious injury. The advice in this article is not intended to take the place of a doctor's opinion. Earaches can be a sign of infection. Seek the advice of a medical professional for persistent or severe pain.