Thursday, June 18, 2009

Home Remedy For Painful Itchy Ears

White Vinegar!! It is about 3 am and I could not sleep due to inner ear itching and pain from my ear infection. I noticed that when I get a sore throat, it is always followed by an ear infection. I used my usual, cotton swab soaked in alcohol and that provides temporary relief but today the pain and itching returned. I read this site and found to use a mixture 50/50 of alcohol and white vinegar. I am not one to 'mix' things so I got up the nerve to try the vinegar alone since I used alcohol earlier to no avail. My right ear is not as bad as the left one, so I tried that one first. I placed 3 drops of white vinegar... undiluted in my ear and left it there for 3 minutes. While it was in there, I noticed that when I swallowed the fluid moved down further in my ear canal so I continued to make swallowing motions. I let that drain out and tried the left ear. This ear hurt and itch really bad, but I put 3 drops of fluid in it and it did not burn... I could feel it moving down in the canal as I continued the swallowing motions. I let that drain out and 'immediately' felt better. I notice that the pain... itching sensation is gone. Since that worked for my ears, I got up the nerve to gargle with white vineger... undiluted! Once you get past the taste, it worked! I had to swallow about a teaspoon so that It could get all the way down my throat. I feel much better and is headed for bed. This definitely worked for me!

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Submitted by Cin at 2008-03-10 22:36:35 from
I tried this right after reading it on my 8 year old son. He was in a lot of pain. After a few minutes he perked right up and said that his ear 'felt like nothing happened.' --- Meaning like there was never any pain to begin with. He is very happy and relieved.



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Submitted at 2008-03-16 02:14:05 from
I tried this on my two year old who had been screaming for over an hour solid with an obvious ear ache. Within 10 seconds of dripping a couple of drops of white vinegar in his ear, he stopped screaming and fell fast asleep. Thank you!

Submitted by Missy at 2008-04-26 06:19:22 from
It is 4am and I was desperate for pain relief. I put drops of white vinegar in my ear let it sit for about 2-3 minutes. I repeated this twice. I did get some immediate relief. It really works. Thank you so must for posting this.

Submitted at 2008-05-04 07:22:22 from
I did this and felt instant relief. I was in so much pain the whole side of my face hurt. This relieved that right away about 2:30 am but I woke up at 5:00 am in pain all over again:( And right now at 7 am I am still trying to figure out a remedy that will work for me.

Submitted by jolz at 2008-06-06 10:04:59 from
Ok i tried this as soon as i read it and the minutes i put it in i heard a poping noise like my ear poped and i waited the 3 minutes and then i let it drain .. it feels great.. now lets see if it last.

Submitted by Mindy from Michigan at 2008-07-12 21:03:06 from
I just tried this and I must say my ear is feeling better. It burned a little when I put it in. I can tell that I will have to put more drops in later but right now I am actually able to get out of bed and function. Thank You. I wish I would have done it sooner.

Submitted by Hsu at 2008-07-18 12:01:52 from
It seriously worked...but with side effects.My hearing was foggy, and when I moved around a lot, the pain bit back into my ear.But overall, I reccomend it. Thanks for posting!

Submitted at 2008-08-21 01:33:04 from
nice remedy did not try it but went to the doctor and give me some ear solution and a couple of pills for the pain and itch

Submitted at 2008-08-31 23:44:03 from
This is only my second ear infection but my ear has practically swelled shut. I tried peroxide and alcohal per my doctor and that didn't do anything. I took some antibiotics earlier, and anti inflammatory and a painkiller. I tried your vinegar solution tonight but it did not work for me. I am now in even more exruciating pain but I too have no insurance and cannot afford an ER visit. I've tried ice and I've tried heat and nothing is working!

Submitted at 2008-10-05 23:46:02 from
I used this when i got a earache after not having one for years it really helped i felt the pain go away and my ear stopped bugging me after that.Thank you for posting this

Submitted at 2008-11-30 00:51:34 from
I just tried this and it totally worked. I would much rather use something natural than give my 3 year old 10 days of antibiotics. Thanks for the help.

Submitted at 2008-11-30 12:50:12 from
it did not work, it just maid things worse. it did burn but it did not stop pain or itch. I does not go in your ear canal good enough to help. IT DOES NOT WORK!!!! good luck on yours.

Submitted by Ed at 2008-12-18 12:10:39 from
Okay, so for the past few days I've been trying hydrogen peroxide in my ears with no improvement. I just read about this ten minutes ago and decided to try it out.
I didn't have any white vinegar, so I used apple cider vinegar. I poured a quarter of a cap full in each ear, swallowed a few times, and did some yawning motions. Almost INSTANTLY the pain was gone! It's actually starting to slowly come back in one ear, so I might do this a few more times every 20 minutes or so.
Now I just have a bad sore throat...which I'd much rather have than feeling like i want to stab my ears out...

Submitted by michusmc at 2009-01-21 22:16:56 from
My three and a half year old started complaining her ear hurt really bad and was crying almost hysterically after about an hour of this i looked online and came across this posting....i was very skeptical but i was willing to try anything it really did work she stopped crying and said her ear didn't hurt anymore....

Submitted by Amy (mom of three) at 2009-02-09 23:11:37 from
My,eleven year old son and I have been up all night with him in pain.We called the doctor but at this time of night there is nothing that he can due but tell use to go the hospital.Instead I looked for home remedies to see if there was any thing that would give him any pain relief.After trying this remedy he is still in some discomfort,but is not in as much pain as he was when we started this night and the jurney of looking for the right remedy for his pain so for that I thank you.

Submitted by Michelle, Rhode Island at 2009-02-20 05:50:32 from
Well, all I have to say is, this HAS to work. My 2 yr old woke up at 430 crying hysterically and tugging at her ears, I found this remedy online, mixed the 50/50 of water vinegar solution, and believe or not, she is talking again, and not screaming in pain. So, even if you are skeptical, try this. I have also been told that olive oil does the trick. Anyway, try this, and repeat as necessary for pain. Once they get over the initial nasty taste, they will be relieved you gave it to them.

Submitted at 2009-02-23 20:30:08 from
I just tried this on my 18 mth old....I was so desperate...OMG! It works. his ear infection was hurting so bad he didn't eat all day and he wouldn't drink. Now he has drank more all day and is off my lap messing my house up! Does this just relieve the pain and not cure in the infection? IDK....

Submitted by G in Memphis at 2009-03-09 23:35:40 from
Came across this remedy because my 3 year old has been crying for an hour with a terrible earache! Tylenol didn't work--tried this with a warm rice bag on her ear, and she also fell asleep within 2 or 3 minutes! Thank you! Hopefully it will last the night!

Submitted at 2009-03-20 19:45:51 from
OMG.... it works
my ear hurt so bad white vinegar works

Submitted by Hannah at 2009-03-22 05:30:53 from
My husband has got a terrible ear ache since 3 days and he refuses to go to the doctor to get cure. He is actually using a med called Tropex but the pain is still the same, on the contrary its getting worse. After having read all the comments am quite interested to use this remedy,
Can someone guarantee me if this really work?

Submitted by heather at 2009-03-24 00:16:54 from
thx so much! just tried this and the ache has totally calmed down! i didnt dilute it though!

Submitted by Scotty at 2009-04-09 19:25:19 from
THE PAIN LEFT/ I just got a ear infection this morning when i woke up. I made a apt. and the doctor gave me a antibiotic to clear it up. My ear was still pounding though almost putting me in tears. After reading some of these comments i tried a quarter of a lid full of white vinegar. I left it in for about three minutes then drained it out. It took about ten minutes to work for me but it soooo made me a believer in these kind of home remedies. My ear is still hazy but no pain and thats all i needed to get up and move about.


Jasmin says

I thought this was an excellent remedy, which I myself have tried. I used half raw apple cider vinegar half warm water.

What you may have realized when you read the info above is I have left all comments intact, meaning all the good AND bad comments as well. I did this to show that though it worked for a lot of people, the remedy did not always work for everyone, which probably meant, either these people have a different problem or it just doesn't work for them that's all.


Pamela Cohen said...

Just a few notes about ear aches: You can squeeze or juice an onion, and use the fluid in the ear. The sulphur compounds can kill the bacteria and end the earache.
Also, itching ears can be a sign of Candida overgrowth.
Note #3: I did a parasite cleanse from Onelifeusa. It's the Dr. Hulda Clark cleanse, and is rather inexpensive: $16.99 plus shipping? To do a 'mop up' cleanse, (for the blood borne pathogens and parasites not killed by the Clark cleanse, I used MMS, which is also an inexpensive product. About $19.95 plus the 2.98? citric acid kit that you mix with the MMS to activate it for 3 minutes.
Anyway, at the first one drop dose, I had something crawl out of my left ear. I think some of the mites and parasites live in the ear. Some clean ear wax out with hydrogen peroxide, perhaps diluted? Not a bad idea once in a while.
Anyway, good luck using any of these remedies. Immune boosting for prevention is probably best...
My best, Pamela

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Anonymous said...

Rubbing alcohol can be soothing at first, but it will irritate the ear canal and make it itch MORE later.
White vinegar is too processed and harsh. Use raw apple cider vinegar, mixed half-and-half with water. The vinegar will kill any bacteria and/or fungus that is growing in your ears.