Earache and seasonal allergies
Earache is not a common symptom of seasonal allergies but it can affect our sensory perceptions
Earache is not considered to be a common symptom of seasonal allergies but it can occur as a result of sinus congestion or an inflamed Eustachian tube. Ear problems can affect our sensory perceptions, having a negative impact on our ability to hear and to concentrate. Our page takes a look at the symptoms and causes of earache while suggesting a variety of natural and self-help solutions to ease any discomfort.
An introduction to earache and seasonal allergies
Earache is not the most common symptom of seasonal allergies and is usually an indication of sinus congestion or an ear infection. Earache can also occur when the membrane lining of the Eustachian tube in the middle ear becomes inflamed as it reacts to pollen. This can cause an imbalance in pressure in the ear resulting in feelings of blocked ears.
Why does seasonal allergies cause earache?
Not every sufferer of seasonal allergies experiences earache. However, for those who do, it can be one of the most inconvenient symptoms as it can not only be extremely painful but also begin to affect your hearing.
Earache comes as a result of your body reacting to pollen as if it were a harmful substance. The chemical histamine is released and mucous membranes lining the nasal cavities and ears become inflamed. This can cause a blockage in the ears and prevent fluid or mucus from draining away. This then leads to pressure building up inside the ears.
However, it is also possible for an infection to develop in the middle ear. This is more common in children whose Eustachian tubes are less developed. Often an ear infection will clear up by itself; however if you are concerned about your condition or are suffering from a recurring ear infection, this should be checked by a doctor.
Home remedies for earaches
There are several home remedies available for treating earaches, many of which use simple ingredients found in your cupboard at home.
Relieving congestion in the ear may help to ease your earache. This can be achieved by inhaling steam or menthol. This helps to open the Eustachian tube so that any fluids inside the middle ear are able to drain away.
Equalising the pressure in your ear may also help to ease seasonal allergies induced earache. This can be achieved by yawning, chewing gum or holding your nose and blowing until your ears pop. However, you should be very gentle when doing this so that you do not damage the delicate structures of the ear.
You should be careful before putting anything into your ear, particularly if you suspect you are suffering from a perforated eardrum, as this can worsen the condition.
What about herbal remedies?
If your earache is caused by seasonal allergies, then treating the underlying problem is most likely to bring you effective relief for this and other symptoms. Pollinosan Allergy Relief Tablets are made to an original A.Vogel recipe and combine several herbs to target the effects of the body’s abnormal reaction to seasonal allergies.
If you are looking for a herbal remedy specifically to target earache, then Plantago is often found to be effective. It is thought to reduce inflammation of membranes in the upper respiratory tract, and also to contain naturally occurring antibiotics. It is for this reason that it is often found to be effective in the treatment of ear problems.
Are there conventional medicines to help me?
Initially, a doctor or pharmacist is likely to recommend anti-histamines to help to ease all symptoms of seasonal allergies and a nasal decongestant to help clear the Eustachian tubes. However, if your earache persists, they may check for signs of infection. If this is the case, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics or drops.
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