Common earache remedies

Aconite napellus (Acon.)

Useful in the early stages of an ear infection, especially following an exposure to cold, dry air. Rapid onset of symtoms. Intense symptoms. Person is restless, thirsty, anxious and sometimes frantic. Ear sensitive to touch. Worse at night, especially between 12-2am.

Remember: Rapid onset; intense symptoms; restlessness; anxiety; thirst; worse after midnight.

Belladonna (Bell.)

Often the right ear. Sudden onset of intense pain that may shoot or throb. Bright red ear or ear canal. Glassy eyes or dilated pupils. High fever. Often with headache. May become delirious in sleep, with nightmares. Hot head with cold hands and feet. Prefers the dark. Better for sitting rather than lying. Pain worse with light, noise, cold air, or being bumped.

Remember: Rapid onset; intense symptoms; redness; often right-sided.

Calcarea carbonica (Calc.)

Earache or glue ear that follows colds. Child is usually obstinate, pale and pudgy with a large head that sweats easily, especially during sleep. Anxious on thinking about unpleasant things. Often craves eggs and sweets or is sensitive to milk.

Remember: Obstinate; timid; pudgy; sweaty head or neck (in sleep).

Chamomilla (Cham.)

Unbearable pain. Anger and impatience with the pain. Demand many things but push them away when offered. Can’t be pleased – nothing will satisfy. Cannot be comforted except by being carried or rocked briskly. One cheek red, the other cheek pale. Earache may occur with teething. Worse at night and for warmth.

Remember: Cannot be pleased; anger and impatience; better when carried briskly.

Hepar sulphuris (Hep.)

For chronic ear infections rather than in first stage. Ear is extremely sensitive to touch of any type and cold air. May cover head or lie on affected side to keep ear warm. Pain often sharp like a splinter. Irritability or tantrums. Thick discharge from nose or ear smells like old cheese. Pain worse at night. Remedy may be needed to finish a cure started by Mercurius solubilis.

Remember: Older infection; irritable; sensitive to cold and touch; ‘old cheese’ odour.

 Kali bichromicum (Kali-bi.)

Sharp, stitching or stinging pains. Intense itching or tickling inside ear. Thick, yellow and foul smelling discharge, often stringy. Irritable. Sweaty. Feels cold.

Remember: Itching; stringy or offensive discharges; sweaty; irritable; chilly.

Mercurius solubilis (Merc.)

For chronic ear infections rather than the first stage. Often right sided. May be discharge of pus that will be thick, burning, and have an offensive odour. Pus usually green though sometimes yellow. Thirsty. Bad breath. Salivation. Perspiration. Tongue flabby with imprint of teeth on edges. Glands or tonsils may be swollen. Sensitive to extremes of temperature. Pain worse at night.

Remember: Older infection; bad breath; flabby tongue; salivation; offensive discharges (if present).

Pulsatilla (Puls.)

Clingy. Seeks sympathy, company, and reassurance. Ear pain worse at night and in a warm room, better in open air. Worse for warm applications. Little or no thirst. Changeable moods. Thick, yellowish-green, bland discharge from nose if a cold is present or from the ear in advanced stages.

Remember: Clinging, desires sympathy and comfort, thirstless, worse for warmth.

Silicea (Sil.)

Difficulty in hearing that often improves with blowing the nose, yawning, or swallowing. Discharge of blood and pus. Smelly discharge. Dried crusts within the ear canal. Itching. Children bore their finger into the ear. Head sweats during early sleep.

Remember: Itching; difficulty in hearing; sweaty head in sleep.



Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.