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Last updated December 11, 2017, originally published April 27, 2017


By  Ariadne Weinberg, Featured Columnist





Bleeding from the ear doesn’t have to mean anything
serious, and is generally easily solvable. A simple infection,
referred to as "otitis externa" or "otitis media", could be the
culprit. Eczema or fungi might also be to blame. The most
extreme case would be a ruptured eardrum (caused by loud
noises or altitude) or cancer of the ear canal.

There are some things you can not do, while waiting for a
diagnosis, including: violently blowing your nose, getting
your ear wet, or putting objects in it (especially avoid
bananas and cotton swabs).

If your bleeding ear, or your child’s bleeding ear, is caused
by an infection, chances are the effects will clear up pretty
soon on their own.  Researchers from the Southern
California/RAND Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) say
that over 80% of children recover within 1-7 days and 93%
of children treated with antibiotics recover within 1 to 7 days
from bleeding ears.

However, regardless of your cause, there are many natural
remedies to try as well, in addition to antibiotics. Take a
browse at the following list, to get inspiration for curing
your tormented ears.































1.
Apply a Solution of White Vinegar and Rubbing Alcohol

This homemade solution is particularly effective for otitis
externa. According to a 2006 report from the Medical
University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina,
4/1000 people experience acute otitis externa annually and
3-5% of the population goes through chronic otitis. Acute
otitis accounts3 for about 90% of cases, and fungal for
about 10%. J.D. Osquthorpe, lead study author, confirms
that a topical solution of something acidifying is a good fix.

You can mix rubbing alcohol and a few drops of white
vinegar together to put on your ear.  Make sure that you do
not get the mixture in your inner ear canal.


2.
Garlic Heals Ear Bleeding

There are many traditional medications for ear bleeding, but
some have been shown to be too caustic or harsh on the
body. Garlic may seem strong, but the delicious food, which
is especially effective on perforated eardrums or those
containing fungi, is usually more gentle and just as effective
as pharmaceuticals.

In a 1995 report, S.T. Pai and researchers from the
University of New Mexico in Albuquerque tested aqueous
garlic extract and concentrated garlic oil against other
supplements in an in-vitro study.

The aqueous garlic extract and concentrated garlic extract
were found to have similar or better inhibitory effects on
antifungal activity than the pharmaceutical preparations did.

3.  
Make a Holy Basil Mixture

So, what you’re saying is I just have to pull all of my favorite
ingredients out of the kitchen and put them in my ears to
cure the bleeding? Great. Seriously, though, basil is also
antimicrobial and easy on the ears.

Basil, and certain other essential oil components, are quite
effective at curing infections.

In a 2005 study from Landspitali University, Karl Kristinsson
and researchers tested basil oil, essential oil components
(thymol, carvacrol, salicylaldehyde), and a placebo, in a rat
ear canal, to test the fungal bacterial pneumococci and
haemophilus influenzae in an otitis media case.

The basil oil and essential oil had a 56-81% rate of success,
while the placebo had a 5.6-6% rate. Whether your bleeding
ear is due to otitis media, fungus, or something else entirely,
basil is a safe, and often effective remedy.

Simply extract the juice from 4-5 holy basil leaves by
crushing them, and apply the juice around the infected ear.

Make sure you don’t get it inside the ear canal. You can also
make an essential oil by mixing crushed basil leaves with
coconut oil and warming the mixture up. Use two times a day
or as necessary.  

4.
Drop Some Onion Juice (in your ear)

So, far we have garlic, basil, and onion. After you heal up
your bleeding ears, you can make dinner.

According to a December 2016 report from the Institute for
Quality and Efficiency in Health Care, onion is one reportedly
effective remedy, especially for young children. The
vegetable is adult-safe, as well. You can juice the onion and
use a dropper to apply the solution to your ear: Heat the
oven to 450 degrees fahrenheit, bake the onion for around
15 minutes.

Let the onion cool down, then squeeze the onion to extract
juice. Afterwards, use a dropper of your new recipe on your
ears.

5.
Whip Up Some Naturopathic Extracts

Studies have shown that naturopathic remedies are just as
effective as regular ear drops for ear infections. If you can
get to a naturopath, ask them to whip up something special
for your bleeding ear. You can also search for products on
the market.

One such medicine called Otikon (made up of allium sativum,
Verbascum thapsus, Calendula flores, and Hypericum
perforatum in olive oil) was tested against regular
anaesthetic drops, in a 2001 study performed by E.M. Sarrell
and researchers from the Adolescent Ambulatory Community
Clinic of General Health Services in Gan-Haim, Israel.

They tested children 103 children between 6 and 18 years of
age, with acute otitis media, by randomly assigning them
either Otikon or anaesthetic drops. After putting them on the
inner ear of each group, they found that Otikon was as
effective as the regular ear drops.

6.
Try Traditional Antibiotics

Sometimes in the case of bleeding due to a perforated ear or
due to an infection, regular antibiotics are an okay way to go.

Check the side effects and check with your doctor. While,
according to experts at the American Academy of
Otolaryngology in Alexandria, Virginia, a perforated ear will
usually heal within a few weeks, you might not want to wait
that long. And amoxicillin, the traditional drug, mixed with
clavulanate, is apparently the way to go, according to a few
studies by the New England Journal of Medicine.  

Ask your medical practitioner which would be best for your
specific case, of course.


[Update:

Traditional antibiotics are rapidly becoming less effective
because mutating bacteria have become resistant. In fact,
clavulanate was first used in combination with amoxicilllin to
fight bacteria which had become resistant to amoxicillin.
Now, "the frequent use of clavulanic acid has led to the
emergence of resistant variants like any other of its antibiotic
ancestors", according to a 2014 study from the  
International Medical University of Malaysia.  To combat this
new resistance, the Malaysian study and other studies
suggests the use of a combination of antibiotics and certain
essential oils to reverse resistance. Promising essential oils
include
oregano essential oil and the essential oil of
rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis). ]

7.
Apply Witch Hazel Drops  

The great advantage of having a mother who is kind of a
hippie is you get first dibs on effective herbal remedies. I
never took witch hazel for a bleeding ear, but every time I
took the solution for a bleeding nose, I was cured. So, I
believe people when they say hamamelis virginiana works to
stop the ears from bleeding.

In the book, Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy, by
Kerry Bone and Simon Mills, they confirm that witch hazel
drops are especially effective for otitis media.

Still, everyone has different reactions, so before you cotton
swab some witch hazel into your ears, try a tiny bit on your
wrist. And definitely ask your doc for an opinion.  


























































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