The types of compresses in the ear
Compress on the ear can be oil or alcohol. Oil is done by applying camphor or vegetable oil and a long time retains heat.
But alcohol compress is more convenient to use, since the oil goes on clothes and sheets and furniture. But because this type of compress has found wide application in practice.
How to make a compress on the ear
The sooner you make a compress, the faster you can get rid of discomfort in the ear. For this you will need:
- gauze (preferably using ready gauze);
- the bandage;
vodka or alcohol;
- camphor oil;
- scissors - 2 pieces.
To avoid damage to the skin and not scald it, remember that the hot compress is imposed is not the ear that hurts and around it. First, take a folded several times a piece of cheesecloth or gauze. Cut out the center hole of such a diameter that it can fit the ear.
As a means for impregnation is usually applied camphor oil. It is also possible to use vegetable oil, diluted alcohol or vodka. If you make alcohol compress, apply an alcohol solution.
After this it is necessary that the cloth slightly soaked with alcohol or oil. Then it should be released to the clothes or the hair is not drops. Apply the prepared poultice on the sore ear. To do this, place it in the cut you did earlier in tissue paper or gauze. After that, apply a layer of cotton wool and wrap the ear with a bandage, a scarf, a shawl or a scarf.
This compress should be changed every 4 hours, but it can be put for the night. In the morning after sleep you need to replace it with a new one.
Compress on the ear: additional recommendations
If you apply alcohol compress, pre-lubricate fat cream the area around the ear. This is done in order to avoid burning the skin.
Making alcohol compress the baby, you need to dilute the vodka with water in a ratio of 1:1. This is necessary in order to protect the child from the risk of burns. If you use alcohol, its strength should be 20-25%.
If the body temperature of the patient increased, the compress on the ear it is impossible to impose. This can cause undesirable consequences. When inflammation of the mastoid, eczema of the face and neck, the presence of purulent processes applying hot compress also strictly contraindicated.
It is also important to remember that there are many types of otitis media, in which heat is contraindicated. So put compresses only after the consultation about this treatment method with the otolaryngologist.