Hot towels in cups over the ears to help ease ear ache

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For a bad ear ache, or excessive pressure in the ear from being blocked, place dampened hand towels into two heat-proof cups or mugs, and place mugs over ears. Often, ear aches are made worse by flying, scuba diving or having your ears blocked from other areas of pressure – that's when heat and steam come in. Heat, or even warm compresses, are great to relieve pain, pressure and unclog the ears. Trust me, this really does help.

What You'll Need

  • Hot towels
  • Two cups

What You'll Do

  • Fully dampen one or two washcloths (as needed for ear ache in one or both ears). Place wash cloths on a placte and put them in the microwave for approximately 1 minute. (Alternatively, run washcloths under very hot water).
  • Drain excess water. Place washcloths in the bottom of cups. Place cups over the affected ear or ears.
  • Cover your ears with the cups so the heat from the towels can seep into your blocked ears
  • Be careful not to have the very hot towel touch your ears in case of burning.

Tips & Warnings

  • Careful handling the hot towels. Make sure the towels don't fall onto your ear as you place the cups over your ears.
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Katherine1984 says...
This also works for crying babies on airplanes! But use a cotton ball dipped in hot water and be careful not to have it too hot

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