Why Does My Ear Hurt?

Why Does My Ear Hurt?

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Why Does My Ear Hurt? 

Ouch, that is how it feels when we have an earache. Isn’t it? What are the causes of earaches and what are some of the options to treat them? Read on for some possible reasons and helpful suggestions. This is a contributed affiliate post.  Why does my ear hurt, oh let’s read on!

Earache can be incredibly uncomfortable and frustrating. It can also take place in many different ways. You may have a sharp, shooting pain in your ear, or you could have a dull pain that feels like it is radiating around the side of your face.

Why does my ear hurt?

Either way, read on to discover some of the reasons you could be suffering from pain in your ear.

why does my ear hurt

Ouch, my ear hurts!

Middle ear infection – A sinus infection, allergy or cold can block the tubes in your middle ear. If fluid starts to build up it may get infected, and this is actually the most common cause of ear pain.

Swimmer’s ear – Another common reason for earache is swimmer’s ear. You can find out more about this at health.com.

Does your ear hurt when you push on the tiny flap that closes it or when you pull on your earlobe? If so, this is probably because you have an outer ear infection.

This happens when water gets trapped within your ear canal and starts to breed germs. Your ear may leak pus, itch, swell, and get rid. Your doctor will probably give you some ear drops to clear it up.

Air pressure – Have you ever noticed your ears pop when you are in an elevator or on a plane?

This is because you are being thrown off balance. To avoid ear pain while on a plane, swallow, yawn, suck on a sweet or chew gum during take off and landing.

Earwax – Another reasons why you may be suffering from pain in your ear is because of earwax. It is important to stress that a bit of wax is important for your health in terms of cleaning your ear and protecting it.

Your ear makes and gets rid of wax constantly. When this process does not take place efficiently, the wax can build up and harden in your ear canal, which causes a blockage.

ouch my ear hurts

Other possible causes:

Pain stemming from another part of your body – In some cases, you could be experiencing pain in your ear yet the source is from somewhere else. This is known as referred pain.

It could be that you have toothache but because the nerves in your neck and face are closely linked, you are getting pain in your ear too.

If this is the case, it is better to be safe than sorry, and you should book an appointment with a specialist or visit an emergency center.

You can find more information about this at erspecialistsuc.com. The last thing you want to do is take a risk with your health. The sooner a problem is picked up on, the easier it will be to fix.

Hopefully, you now have a better understanding as to why you have earache. If the pain persists, make sure you go and get it checked. Your health is never something you should take a risk with.

natural herbs for ear pain

Traditional remedies for earaches:

Did you know:

  1. Basil, crush a few leaves and use the strained juice to put into your ear.
  2. Mustard Oil acts as a wax emulsifier.
  3. Apple cider vinegarWarm, some vinegar and apply on the infected ear with a cotton bud. Let the vinegar penetrate into the ear.
  4. salt Heat some on low flame and then dip a cotton bud to coat it with warm salt. Place this in your ear for about 10 minutes.
  5. GarlicAyurveda Expert, Dr. B.N. Sinha suggests a simple concoction to deal with ear pain. Crush two cloves of garlic and mix it with 2 teaspoons of mustard oil. Heat this mixture till the garlic turns slightly black. Allow it to cool down and then apply few drops inside the infected ear. The analgesic properties of garlic help relieve pain. You can also make garlic oil at home by crushing and boiling the cloves into sesame oil. This tends to give instant relief.
  6. Olive oil, warm the oil and using a dropper put a few drops into  your ear. Place cotton in your ear. After a few minutes, take out the cotton and swap the ear.
  7. Tea Tree Oil, also can be warmed. Use a Tablespoon of warmed oil and drop into ear. Suggested to do 3x per day.
  8. Radish, cut up 3 radishes with olive oil and heat. Strain, and drop into ear 3x per day
  9. Mullein Flower Oil
  10. Ginger, squeeze the juice and drop into ear 3x per day. Ginger is a natural anti inflammatory.
  11. Ear Candling, please use caution with this one, have someone there with you.

And did you know that if you are nursing and your baby has an earache  you can squirt some breast milk into your child’s ear and it will soothe and heal. The wonders of the miracles of breast milk!

breast milk to soothe ear hurt


Why does my ear hurt, is a common question. And hopefully we have come up with some options and ways to treat an ear ache. There is nothing fun about ears hurting.  So do take care to know what is really causing the earache.

There are many reasons for ear pain, from swimmers ear to a toothache. Finding out which is the cause, then allows for us to find the solution. There are so many kitchen solutions, don’t forget to check yours!

I hope these possible causes and remedies do help. Let me know what you think!

In peace and gratitude,

6 thoughts on “Why Does My Ear Hurt?

  1. Dear Ariel,

    Thanks for the informative post. The best thing is you provided “Traditional remedies for earaches” that 11 remedies are awesome and I got new insights. Thanks for the post.

    Your Friend,

  2. Thanks for the article, Ariel. Great video, btw. Thanks also for the suggestions – the natural remedies. I am a bit fan of using Mother NAture as a cure-all.
    Thank you.

  3. Hi Ariel,

    My daughter has this ear pain that she mentioned a couple of days ago. And yes, she did had a cold. Still recovering from it. I was browsing and glad to find your article. Since I have basil in my backyard garden, will give it a try. Let you know how it turns out.

    Thanks for sharing the remedies.

    1. OH so do hope it helps your daughter. Not fun. I really want to hear about it please. And growing your own means you know that it is full of nutrients too. I look forward to hearing about this . And so many thanks for dropping by. In peace and gratitude, ariel

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