Homeopathic Remedies for Ear Infections
Also indexed as: Glue Ear, Infection (Ear), Otitis Media
Small children often develop middle ear infections (otitis media) during colds; however,
ear infections can occur at any age. Allergy or swelling of the tonsils and adenoids may block
the Eustachian tubes and sinus passages, and inflammation and fluid can increase in the middle
ear, causing pressure, pain, and sometimes even a ruptured eardrum and discharge. A different
kind of ear infection (otitis externa) affects the outer ear and the sensitive skin inside the
ear canal; it often starts with a scratch that gets infected by bacteria or fungus
(swimmer’s ear), becoming swollen, inflamed, and very painful.
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of this section. See also
“Using Homeopathy With Professional Guidance” in What Is Homeopathy?
Aconitum napellus: This remedy is indicated if an earache comes on suddenly with
cutting, throbbing pain—often after exposure to cold and wind, or after a shaking
experience. The person usually is fearful, agitated, and restless. Fever may be high and
thirst is strong. Symptoms are often worse near midnight, and can even wake the person up.
Belladonna: Intense bouts of earache that come and go very suddenly, with heat and
inflammation, suggest a need for this remedy. Pain can be pounding or throbbing, and may be
worse from jarring. The person usually has a fever, a flushed red face, eyes that are
sensitive to light, and skin that is hot to touch. The right ear is most often affected. A
child needing Belladonna may feel drowsy with the fever, or be restless and have
Chamomilla: Paroxysms of pain that seem intolerable suggest a need for this remedy.
Children may seem angry and beside themselves, and often scream and hit. They may feel better
from being carried constantly and vigorously walked around or rocked. Ear pain and other
symptoms are worse from heat and wind, and the cheeks (often only one) may be hot and red.
Ferrum phosphoricum: This remedy can soothe the ache and inflammation of an ear
infection—or even stop it, if given when the symptoms have just begun to show. The
person looks pink and flushed, with fever and a feeling of weariness. The outer ear may look
warm and pink, and the eardrum can slightly bulge.
Hepar sulphuris calcareum: This remedy is indicated when an earache is very painful
or infection is advanced (with a bulging eardrum or pus formation). Stabbing, sticking pains
“like a splinter being driven in” are a likely indication. The person is very
sensitive to everything, especially cold and drafts, and may feel extremely vulnerable and
Magnesia phosphorica: An earache that feels much better when warmth and pressure are
applied suggests a need for this remedy. The pain may be mostly neuralgic, with little
evidence of fluid or infection.
Mercurius solubilis: This remedy may be helpful if an ear infection is advanced,
with pus formation, shooting pains, and roaring in the ear. A person who needs this remedy is
often very sensitive to temperatures (both hot and cold), has swollen lymph nodes, offensive
breath, a puffy tongue, and sweat and drooling during sleeping.
Pulsatilla: This remedy is often indicated for ear infections that follow or
accompany a cold. (Cold symptoms include a stuffy nose, especially indoors, and large amounts
of yellow or greenish mucus.) The ear may be hot and swollen, with a feeling that something is
pressing out. Pain can be worse in the evening and at night, as well as worse from heat, with
a pulsing sensation. Deep itching may be felt inside, especially if ear infections are
chronic. A child needing Pulsatilla usually is sad and tearful, wanting to be held
Homeopathy Dosage Directions
Select the remedy that most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a physician, a lower potency (6X,
6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C) should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
Many homeopathic physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one dose and
wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue to wait and let the remedy work. If
improvement lags significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be taken. The
frequency of dosage varies with the condition and the individual. Sometimes a dose may be
required several times an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a day; and
in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be sufficient.
If no response is seen within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
For more information, including references, see What is Homeopathy? and Understanding Homeopathic Potencies.