Upon returning home, I received a frantic call from Steve (Izzy's Dad). It transpired that Izzy had chronic ear-ache and because it was Sunday (and no Doctors were working), he didn't know what to do.
Pic.No.1. The insides of an ear
As luck would have it, I remembered that my father was a Doctor, so I gave him a call to work out a course of action. And in case you were wondering (or know people with dodgy ears who might appreciate the advice), here is how to treat ear-ache.
1. Administer a painkiller to deal with the pain. With children, Calpol is perfect. With adults, any normal painkiller will do.
2. Heat up some Olive Oil for relief. The Olive Oil should be on the warmer side of luke-war, but not boiling (obviously). Using a teaspoon, carefully drip 5-6 drops of oil into the ear and then gently massage in. This helps unblock any ear wax that is trapping fluid in the inner ear and causing pain.
3. Get out the Olbas Oil or any other 'Decongestant Inhalant Menthol Oil'. Put twelve drops into a bowl of steaming water and then put the person's head over the bowl, cover it with a towel and make them breath in the vapours for at least 15 minutes. This also helps to clear any blokages that are preventing fluid in the inner from escaping.
Finally, if the above does not cure the problem within 12 hours, a trip to the Doctors is necessary because an infection is probably present which requires the prescription of anti-biotics.
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