There are times when the ears can become clogged due to factors both outside and inside the ear. Clogged ears can affect hearing and balance and cause pain and discomfort. Clogged ears can happen to almost anyone. Children are the most likely to have clogged ears, especially during a cold or sinus infection.
We are all common with the camphor scent of Vicks Vaporub that has been used for decades to ease coughs, congestion, and minor aches and pains. Lately, there are a lot of online rumors about Vicks as an effective treatment for earaches and other ear issues, including wax buildup. But does it work?
Since there is no science behind this remedy, I would say NO! While Vicks VapoRub may have some value in treating colds and muscle aches, there’s no evidence supporting its use for earaches.
What is Vicks Vapo Rub, anyway?
We all know that is a topical ointment used as a cold decongestant. The main active ingredients found in Vicks are: camphor, eucalyptus oil, menthol, and the inactive ingredients are: petrolatum, turpentine oil, thymol, nutmeg oil, cedar leaf oil. Moreover, studies say that Vicks is used to provide symptom relief of nasal cooling and nasal decongestion. It will also improve sleep quality for those suffering from cold and flu.
Now, can Vicks VapoRub cure an earache?
There are a lot of forums and online bloggers that support this idea. Many people have been used Vicks as an over-the-counter alternative for treating several ear affections such as tinnitus, earaches and earwax buildup.
Even if there is no research indicating that Vicks is effective for any of the above uses, people who tried Vicks as an earache remedy are extremely excited about this decongestant effectiveness.
However, it’s possible that the soothing effect of Vicks does, in fact, reduce the perception of pain in the ear. Although, you should keep in mind that Vicks can’t cure an ear infection!
Is it OK to use Vicks Vapo Rub for Earaches?
Even if is not safe to put a cotton swab in your ear, because it may leave fibers and ointment residue behind without you knowing it, most people use this remedy. Yes, the pain can be eased, but is not safe to use such treatment! The cotton swab fiber left behind can lead to severe ear infection.
Instead, you can try some natural alternatives such as:
Soak a small cotton towel in a bowl of hot water and place the compress over the painful ear. Let it act for 10 minutes. Repeat several times until the pain fades.
In a small bowl, warm some 3% hydrogen peroxide. Use an eyedropper to put one to two drops in the affected ear. You’ll likely experience some fizzing. Don’t be scared, just keep your head tilted for 10 to 15 seconds.
Important! You can use these remedies just to ease the pain, not to replace medicine. It’s advisable to see a doctor.