Ear pain may be the first symptom of an ear infection, especially if you have moderate to severe ear pain during or shortly after you have a cold. Other symptoms of an ear infection may include: Increased irritability and inconsolable crying (especially in toddlers and young children).
Diarrhea, Vomiting, nausea and vertigo.
Fever or high temperature may occur as well.
Loss of balance.
Discharge or increased secretion from the ear.
Plugged ear or fullness sensation in the ear.
Perforation of eardrum in some cases, which leads to mucus outburst and usually relieves pain. A perforated eardrum should heal by itself within a few weeks and should not be a cause of concern.
Ear pain and fever may be caused by a middle ear infection (acute otitis media), especially if cold symptoms, such as a runny or stuffy nose or a cough, have been present for a few days.
Ear pain may also be caused by a fluid-filled blister on the eardrum (bullous myringitis).
Itching, a feeling of fullness in the ear, and pain that is worse when you chew, press on the “tag” in front of your ear, or wiggle your earlobe may be caused by an infection of the ear canal.
You may have an infection of the outer ear.
Complications of a middle ear infection can be caused by other serious problems.
Redness, swelling, pain behind the ear, and fever may be caused by an infection of the bone located behind the ear (mastoiditis). Pain will get worse when you press on the bone behind the ear. This infection is rare and usually occurs 10 to 14 days after a middle ear infection.
Here are simple home remedies that will help you get rid of ear ache:
One of the best ways to eliminate the growth and reproduction of microorganisms within the ear canal is to flush the canal with white vinegar. White vinegar is acidic and toxic to the microorganisms that are causing the infection. Killing the germs alleviates the infection and relieves symptoms.
Put three to four drops of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar into the ear canal using a sterile eye dropper. Lie on your side for a few minutes so the vinegar soaks deep into the ear canal.
Use a cotton ball to plug your ear upon standing so that the vinegar does not drip out. Repeat several times a day until the symptoms clear and you can hear out of the affected ear.
Another method is to make a 50/50 solution of vinegar and warm water or vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. Make sure all liquids used are at room temperature; dropping cold liquid into the ear can cause dizziness and unsteadiness.
Use a bulb syringe to suck up the liquid slowly, and then squirt it into the ear gently while you are lying down. Drape a large towel around your shoulders to soak up the solution as it leaks out. Irrigate your ear with the solution several times a day until the symptoms clear up.