22 Natural At Home Remedies For Ear Infections In Adults

Viruses or bacteria in the middle ear are the factors that cause ear infections. Ear infections often occur both in children and adults. Some reasons and contributing factors that cause ear infections are a wax buildup, food allergies, environmental allergies, upper respiratory infections, fetal alcohol syndrome, genetics, internal injuries and nutritional deficiencies. Some common symptoms that a person with an ear infection can experience are the tugging at the ear, the pain in the ear, difficulty sleeping, poor response to sounds, headache, fluid draining out from the ear, high fever, diarrhea, vomiting and so on. There are three kinds of ear infections such as otitis externa, otitis media and otitis interna in which the otitis media is the most common kind rather than other kinds of ear infections.

In this writing, EffectiveRemedies.com will introduce to you 22 natural at home remedies for ear infections in adults without any side effect. These home remedies are collected completely and carefully from reliable sources. However, it is not intended to give medical advice and it is solely for the informational purpose. Continue reading this article to understand more!

Top 22 Natural At Home Remedies For Ear Infections In Adults

1. Salt

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Salt is one of the most available home remedies for ear infections. When you use the heated salt, it will help in giving you relief from the pain as well as irritation that is caused by ear infections.

You will need:

  • 1 cup of salt
  • A pan or microwave
  • A thick cloth

Directions:

  • You heat salt in a pan or microwave for about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Then, you put the hot salt in a cloth.
  • And you tie it to seal its open end.
  • After that, you check the hotness of the cloth so that your ear can bear and then you put the cloth on the affected ear.
  • You should keep it for about 5 to 10 minutes.
  • You should repeat this remedy for a few times per day.
  • The heat that is generated by the cloth will help in drawing out the fluids from your ear and at last give you relief from the pain and swelling.
  • Or you can replace salt with rice and follow the same way to treat the ear infections.

2. Mustard Oil

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You will need:

  • 2 cloves of garlic (peeled)
  • 2 tablespoons of mustard oil

Directions:

  • Firstly, you add the cloves of garlic to mustard oil.
  • Then, you heat this oil until the garlic cloves turn black.
  • You turn off the heat and allow this oil to cool down until it becomes lukewarm that you can bear when you pour it into your ear.
  • You strain this oil to remove the burnt garlic cloves.
  • You can use a clean dropper to pour a few drops of the garlic oil into the infected ear. You can also replace the clean dropper with a small spoon to do this process. You can use a clean cotton ball to plug the ear so that this garlic oil does not come out of your ear.

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3. Garlic

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Garlic contains anti-viral, anti-oxidizing, and antimicrobial properties that make it become one of the effective home remedies for ear infections. In addition, it also helps in reducing the ear pain, and swelling in the ears.

Way 1:

You will need:

  • Garlic
  • A cloth

Directions:

  • You take a few fresh cloves of garlic and then you crush them.
  • You wrap these crushed cloves of garlic in a clean small cloth.
  • Next, you put this wrapped cloth in your ear and allow it to sit for about 30 to 35 minutes.
  • After that, you take out the cloth.
  • You will get instant relief from the ear pain. 

Way 2:

You will need:

  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 glass of water
  • A pinch of salt
  • A clean thin cloth

Directions:

  • You add the cloves of garlic to the water.
  • Then, you heat the water for at least 10 minutes to get the softened garlic.
  • Now, you take out the cloves of garlic from the water and you crush them to get a paste.
  • You add salt to the garlic paste.
  • After that, you put this garlic paste into the prepared cloth piece and you wrap it to get a poultice.
  • After that, you put the cloth on your infected ear for a few minutes.
  • You should repeat this way regularly to get relief from the ear infections.

Way 3:

You will need:

  • A clove of garlic
  • A cotton ball

Directions:                                                                              

  • You peel off the skin of a clove of garlic.
  • Then, you boil it for a few minutes and then you put it on your ear. However, you don’t push deep into your ear canal.
  • You use a cotton ball to cover it and you allow it to sit on for overnight without disturbing it.
  • In the next day, you will take it out and you should repeat it if needed.
  • The process will aid in drawing out the infection.

4. St. John’s Wort Oil

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You will need:

  • Half a garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of St. John’s Wort oil
  • 1 teaspoon of mullein oil
  • Grapefruit seed
  • An ear dropper

Directions:

  • Firstly, you extract 4 drops of grapefruit seed.
  • Then, you add all these above ingredients to it and mix them well.
  • You use an ear dropper to apply this to the affected ear.
  • You keep it on there for about 15 to 30 minutes.
  • You should repeat it for about two times per day to get complete relief from the ear pain and ear infection. 

There are many other simple but effective home remedies for ear infection, keep reading the article to learn more!

5. Warm Garlic Oil

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Like garlic, garlic oil also is one of the simple home remedies for ear infections. Here are step by step instructions that you can follow at home.

You will need:

  • Garlic oil
  • A bowl
  • Hot water

Directions:

  • Firstly, you take garlic oil of a few drops in a small bowl with hot water for a few minutes until it becomes warm (not hot).
  • After that, you take it out from this bowl and you pull your ear back side and upside to put a few drops of the warm garlic oil in your infected ear.
  • You allow it to sit for about 5 to 10 minutes and then you use a cotton ball to cover it.
  • This process can make the wax softer and clean it up to get quick relief from the ear pain and infection.
  • You should repeat this process every day to get rid of the ear infections quickly. 

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6. Steam Inhalation With Tea Tree Oil

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Tea tree oil contains effective antiseptic properties that can provide this oil an ability to kill bacteria or virus that cause ear infections. Therefore, to improve its antiseptic property, you have to apply the process of a steam inhalation. This steam inhalation acts by spreading the oil in a form of vapors. This will make you get instant relief from the sinuses as well as the respiratory system and at last the ear infection. Therefore, this process is used as one of the easy home remedies for ear infections and ear pain that is caused by sinus blockage and any other respiratory problems.

You will need:

  • Tea tree oil
  • Humidifier
  • Towel
  • Hot water

Directions:

  • You take a towel and bowl and you fill it with hot water.
  • Then, you mix the oil of tea tree in the bowl.
  • You put your face above the bowl with a gap of 10 inches and you can inhale the steam vapor.
  • You should inhale the steam as much as possible but not speedily or heavily.
  • This process will give you relief from the respiratory system and sinuses and thereby this oil will reach your ear infection problem and treat it.
  • Or you can pour a few drops in a humidifier and then inhale it to get rid of both sinus and ear issues.
  • You should continue repeating the steam inhalation process to treat sinus and the ear infections that are caused by it.

7. Tea Tree Oil

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This ingredient is one of the useful home remedies for ear infections.

Way 1:

You will need:

  • Tea tree oil
  • Water
  • A small bowl

Directions:

  • You take a few drops of this oil in a bowl.
  • Then, you add a few drops of water in it.
  • You mix it well and then you apply this to the back of your ear thoroughly.
  • You rub it lightly to get complete relief from the ear pain that is caused by the infection.
  • You should apply this the oil of tea tree regularly to treat the ear infections along with its symptoms.

Way 2:

You will need:

  • 3 drops of tea tree oil
  • ¼ cup of warm water
  • A small bottle
  • A dropper

Directions:

  • First of all, you pour warm water in a small bottle.
  • Then, you add some drops of tea tree oil in it and mix it well.
  • After that, you use a lid to close the bottle and shake it well.
  • And you use a dropper to apply this solution into your ear by tilting your head slightly.
  • This will make this solution reach the inside of your ear and clear the infection.
  • You allow it to sit for about 1 to 2 minutes and then you tilt your head in the opposite position.
  • This will drain out the excess solution along with the infection caused by virus or bacteria.

To get the best results, you should follow this process for at least 3 to 4 times per day.

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8. Lavender Oil, Juniper Oil, And Tea Tree Oil

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Tea tree oil contains an anti-inflammatory property that can help in healing the pain, inflammation and the irritation that are caused by ear infections. It can also help in drying up the fluid accumulated within your ear that is causing the ear infection. These oils are the important ingredients in many home remedies for ear infections. Here is a simple usage of these essential oils.

You will need:

  • 5 drops of tea tree oil
  • 5 drops of lavender oil
  • 5 drops of juniper oil
  • A dropper
  • A cotton ball
  • A small bowl

Directions:

  • You add the oil of tea tree, juniper oil, and lavender oil in a small bowl.
  • Then, you mix it well to make a fine mixture.
  • After that, you take 1 or 2 drops of this mixture and you use a dropper to pour this in your infected ear.
  • Now, you use a cotton ball to cover your ear and you keep it like that for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • You should continue following this process for one time per day regularly until you get relief from the ear infections completely.

9. Lavender Oil, Olive Oil, And Tea Tree Oil

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You will need:

  • 10 drops of tea tree oil
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • 10 drops of lavender oil
  • A small bowl

Directions:

  • You add all the oil of tea tree and lavender oil in a small bowl.
  • Then, you add olive oil that works as a carrier oil in this bowl.
  • You stir it well until all these oils are properly mixed.
  • After that, you apply this oil mixture to your infected ear.
  • You massage it gently for about a few minutes to get complete relief from the ear infection.
  • You should follow this oil application regularly to relieve the ear infection as well as the pain that is caused by it.

10. Almond Oil, Sesame Oil & Chamomile Oil

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There are two home remedies for ear infections using essential oils such as:

Way 1:

You will need:

  • 3 drops of tea tree oil
  • 2 drops of lavender oil
  • 2 drops of chamomile oil
  • 1 tablespoon of almond oil
  • A small bowl

Directions:

  • You take the oil of tea tree, chamomile oil, and lavender oil in a bowl.
  • Next, you add almond oil in this bowl and mix it well to make a mixture.
  • You pour this mixture in a pot and warm it slightly.
  • After that, you pour this warm oil mixture 2 drops) into your infected ear to get quick relief from the infection.

You should follow this process for about three times per day and it definitely helps you to treat the earache as well as the ear infection.

Way 2:

Neem oil contains an antimicrobial property that can help in clearing the infection and soothing the inflammation to ease the infection. Sesame oil can help in neutralizing the essential oil and you will not get any irritation as well as itching after using the sesame oil. The oil of tea tree contains antibacterial and anti-viral properties which help in killing the viral or bacterial infections.

You will need:

  • 10 drops of tea tree oil
  • 10 drops of neem oil
  • 2 tablespoons of sesame oil
  • A dropper
  • A cotton ball

Directions:

  • First of all, you take all the above oils in a bowl.
  • Then, you mix it well and you lie down on the side with your ear that is infected in the upward direction.
  • Then, you use a dropper to pour this oil mixture in your infected ear.
  • You let it sit for some time and you continue turning to another side to draw out the excess mixture from your infected ear.
  • You use a clean cotton ball to remove or clear the excess oil which comes out of your ear.
  • You should continue doing this way regularly until you got rid of the ear infection as well as the pain from your ear.


11. Olive Oil With Tea Tree Oil

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The combination of the oil of tea tree and olive oil is one of the effective home remedies for ear infections. You can follow the following directions.

You will need:

  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • A few drops of tea tree oil
  • A dropper
  • A clean cotton ball
  • A pan

Directions:

  • Firstly, you pour olive oil in a pan.
  • Then, you heat it slightly until it becomes warm.
  • Next, you add a few drops of the oil of tea tree in it and mix it well.
  • Now you add the oil mixture in a small dropper.
  • You tilt your head to one side to add a few drops of the oil mixture into your ear.
  • You add more the oil mixture on your infected ear to treat the infection.
  • You allow it to stay like that for 1 or 2 minutes.
  • This process will let the oil get deep into your ear canal.
  • Then you return to the upright position to eliminate the excess liquid which left in your ear.
  • You use a cotton ball and gently rub your ear to clear the oil which comes out from your ear.
  • You do the same way on the other ear in order to clear your ear problems such as earache, ear infection as well as other problems related to ear.
  • You should follow this process regularly get complete relief from the earache and ear infection.

12. Fresh Mullein Leaf, Olive Oil, Garlic, And Tea Tree Oil

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This way is used for curing the ear pain, irritation as well as the inflammation that were caused by ear infections. The combination of all the following ingredients is known as one of the effective home remedies for ear infections.

You will need:

  • 4 to 5 drops of the oil of tea tree
  • A clove of garlic
  • ½ piece of fresh mullein leaf
  • 2/3 cup of olive oil
  • A clean glass pint jar
  • A cotton cloth

Directions:

  • You take a clove of garlic and then you peel and chop it finely.
  • You add fresh mullein leaf which is finely chopped onto it and you mix them well with 2/3 cup of olive oil.
  • Next, you pour this mixture in the prepared glass pint jar and tie it tightly.
  • Make sure that you have to keep this jar in sunlight for about 10 days to take an oil mixture by extracting the active constituents from all these ingredients.
  • Next, you use a clean cotton cloth to strain this oil into another glass container that has a tight lid.
  • Now you mix tea tree essential oil with it and stir it well to get the tea oil that is mixed with this oil mixture.
  • You use a dropper to pour this oil mixture (3 to 5 drops) into your infected ear for at least 10 minutes.
  • You should do this process for about 4 times per day to get rid of your ear infection.
13. Olive Oil, Colloidal Silver, And Tea Tree Oil

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You will need:

  • 3 drops of tea tree oil
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of colloidal silver
  • 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
  • A towel
  • A dropper
  • A pan

Directions:

  • You add the oil of tea tree, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, and colloidal silver in a small pan.
  • Then, you mix it well and you heat it to get warm.
  • Next, you take a towel and you lay on one side with your head on the towel.
  • After that, you pour this warm mixture properly into your ear with the help of a dropper.
  • You let it sit for at least 5 to 10 minutes without moving your ear.
  • After that, you do the same process on the other side in order that all the mixture and infection that causes bacteria or virus will draw out of your ear completely.
  • You should repeat this process for about 2 to 3 times per day for about 3 days to get complete relief from the ear infection.
14. Apple Cider Vinegar, Olive Oil, And Tea Tree Oil

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You will need:

  • 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 3 to 5 drops of tea tree oil
  • A dropper
  • A small bowl
  • A towel

Directions:

  • Firstly, you add the oil of tea tree, olive oil, & apple cider vinegar in a small bowl.
  • You mix it well and you heat the oil mixture to get warm.
  • Then, you lie down on one side with your infected ear on an outer side.
  • Remember that you have to put a towel under your head.
  • Now you use a dropper to pour this warm mixture into your ear.
  • You let it stay for a few minutes without disturbing it.
  • After that, you turn to another side in order that the excess mixture can drain out of your ear.
  • You should do the same process for about 2 to 3 times per day for about 2 to 3 days and you can discontinue this process if you got complete relief from the ear infections.

Continue reading the writing if you want to discover other simple but effective home remedies for ear infections!

15. Basil Leaves

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Basil is an antibacterial herb. This herb is so effective and you can use it to treat your ear infection. It can give you relief from the ear pain as well as ear infection. Here are some home remedies for ear infections using basil.

Way 1:

You will need:

  • 5 to 6 leaves of fresh basil

Directions:

  • You crush the basil leaves thoroughly and you extract their juice.
  • Now you apply this juice on the infected ear.
  • You do not need to pour this juice into your ear; you only apply on or around your infected ear.
  • You should do this process every day to get rid of the ear infections.

Way 2:

You will need:

  • 4 to 5 drops of holy basil oil
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • A cotton ball

Directions:

  • Firstly, you mix holy basil oil and coconut oil together to make an oil mixture.
  • Then, you soak the clean cotton ball in the oil mixture.
  • Now you use this cotton ball to gently wipe the inside the infected ear as well as around and behind your ear.
  • You should do this way for two times per day to get complete relief from the ear infections.

Way 3:

You will need:

  • A handful of basil leaves
  • A sieve

Directions:

  • Firstly, you crush the basil leaves.
  • And then you put these crushed basil leaves into a sieve and you press them to extract the juice.
  • After that, you pour 2 drops of the basil leaves juice into the infected ear.
  • You should do this way every day for at least one week.
16. Mullein Oil

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Mullein originated from Europe and Asia. It is a flowering plant that is used as an herb for curing various medical diseases such as coughs, congestion, eczema, bronchitis etc. in which include the ear pain and ear infection. If you or your children suffer from an earache or an ear infection, you may do your own mullein oil. Here is the recipe of one of the natural home remedies for ear infections using mullein.

You will need:

  • A handful of the dried mullein
  • 2 to 3 cloves of garlic (crushed)
  • A handful of St. John’s wort
  • 1 to 3 calendula flowers (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon of vitamin E oil
  • A mason jar
  • A cotton ball
  • Olive oil

Directions:

  • You put mullein in the clean mason jar.
  • You add St. John’s Wort, garlic cloves and calendula flowers.
  • You pour enough olive oil to fill the jar so that it leaves only half inch space from above.
  • You add ¼ teaspoon of vitamin E oil.
  • Then you close the jar and allow the herbs to soak into it to make an infusion.
  • You need to allow this to soak for about 2 to 4 weeks.
  • In addition, you have to shake this jar every day.
  • After some days, if the oil gets lesser, you should add some more like olive oil.
  • After 4 to 6 weeks, you can strain this oil and you should store it in another bottle.
  • To use this oil, you have to dip a dropper and bottle in hot water for about 10 minutes to sterilize them and then you use the dropper to fill this oil in the bottle.
  • You pour 3 to 5 drops this oil in the infected ear and allow the oil to rest there for at least 15 minutes.
  • After that, you use a cotton ball to wipe it off gently.
  • You can use the infused mullein oil when you suffer from the earache or ear infection.
17. Onion

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Onion is one of simple home remedies for ear infections. You can choose either pour onion juice in your infected ear to get rid of the infection or make an onion compress. Here are two home remedies for ear infections using onion.

Way 1:

You will need:

  • An onion

Directions:

  • Firstly, you extract the juice from an onion.
  • Then, you pour a few drops of the onion juice into the infected ear.
  • You should repeat this way for about 2 or 3 times per day.

Way 2:

You will need:

  • An onion
  • A cotton cloth

Directions:

  • Firstly, you chop an onion into two parts.
  • Then, you put them on a gas stove or in a microwave and you can roast them for about 1 minute. Remember that you just need to heat this onion a little.
  • Now you wrap these warm onions into a cotton cloth.
  • You put this cloth into the infected ear for at least 10 minutes or until the onion gets cold.
  • This onion compress can give you relief from the earache and prevent the recurrence of ear infection.
18. Vinegar

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White vinegar, in fact, contains acid and it is toxic to the microorganisms that cause the ear infections. It can also eliminate the growth as well as the reproduction of microorganisms in your ear canal that cause the infection. There are two effective home remedies for ear infections with white vinegar.

Way 1:

You will need:

  • 3 to 4 drops of white vinegar
  • A cotton ball

Directions:

  • Firstly, you take 3 to 4 drops of white vinegar.
  • And then you put this vinegar into your infected ear.
  • Then, you lie on one side so that this vinegar can soak deeply into your ear canals.
  • You use a cotton ball to cover your ear in order that the vinegar cannot drip out.
  • You should repeat this process for about several times per day to get complete relief from the ear pain and the ear infections.

Way 2:

You will need:

  • White vinegar
  • Warm water
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • A bulb syringe
  • A cotton swab

Directions:

  • Firstly, you take equal quantities of warm water and vinegar or hydrogen peroxide vinegar.
  • You mix it well to get a fine solution. You leave it for a few minutes until they come to room temperature.
  • After that, you can suck up the liquid by using a bulb syringe and then you lay on your side to squirt into your infected ear.
  • You use a cotton swab to cover it and you can change it when necessary.
  • You should do this process a few times per day to get relief from the ear infection.
19. Lemon Balm

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Lemon balm has antiseptic, antiviral properties that make it become one of the natural home remedies for ear infections.

Directions:

  • You take lemon balm and then you apply it into your infected ear.
  • You should apply it for about two times per day to give you better results.
20. Warm Compress

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A warm compress will help in opening up the Eustachian tubes. In addition, it will also help in getting rid of the pain and at last the ear infection.

You will need:

  • A clean cloth
  • Warm water

Directions:

  • Firstly, you soak a clean cloth in the warm water.
  • Then, you wring out the cloth to eliminate the excess water and you put this cloth on your infected ear as well as around your ear.
  • Make sure that you are not to overheat your ear or you do not apply the heat for a longer time.
  • You should keep the heat for about 5 minutes and you remove it for a few minutes.
  • After that, you reapply it and you can leave it for a few minutes.
  • You should repeat the process for a few times if necessary.
  • Or you take a hot shower because the steam will help in opening up your ear.
  • Or you can put a heating pad or hot water bottle against your infected ear.
21. Mango Leaf Juice

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One of the natural home remedies for ear infections is mango leaf. Mango leaf works as an effective natural antibiotic substance.

Directions:

  • Firstly, you take 3 to 4 fresh mango leaves.
  • Then, you crush or grind them to extract their juice.
  • You warm this juice slightly and you use a dropper to pour a few drops of the juice into your affected ear.
  • You leave it for a few minutes and then you can get relief from the ear pain.
  • You should follow this process for about 2 to 3 times per day to get complete relief from the ear infections.
22. Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple cider vinegar is one of the best home remedies for ear infections. It can eliminate the fungus that can cause the ear infection.

You will need:

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Water
  • Or alcohol
  • A cotton ball
  • A hair dryer

Directions:

  • Firstly, you mix apple cider vinegar with water or alcohol at the ratio of 1:1.
  • Then, you soak a clean cotton ball in this solution.
  • You put this cotton ball in your infected ear like a plug.
  •  You can leave it for at least 5 minutes.
  • After that, you remove this cotton ball and you lay down on the opposite side to drain out the excess liquid from your ear. You dry your ear by using a hair dryer.
  • You should repeat this process regularly to get rid of the ear infections completely.

If you want to know more about natural, at home remedies for other diseases and conditions go to our main Home Remedies page. After reading the article of top 22 natural at home remedies for ear infections in adults, hope that it can help you find out the best solution to get rid of ear infections quickly and easily. However, the article is only for the informational purpose, thus, you should meet your doctor to get advice before applying any at home remedy.

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