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"Terry Pulliam Burd" > wrote in message
> On Fri, 25 Mar 2005 00:34:13 GMT,
> (AlleyGator) wrote:
> >My daughter is in her mid-teens, and has tears in her eyes because she
> >has an earache, which I don't even remember her ever having as alittle
> >kid. She's almost never sick, so she doesn't handle this stuff well.
> >Since the doctors are all closed, a friend who is a nurse-practitioner
> >gave us a 3-day regimen of some antibiotic and the wife went to
> >Walgreens to get something they call "sweet oil" which I figure is
> >just glycerine. That, plus a dose of ibuprofen, I figure is the best
> >you can do. And the ole' heating pad on the head, of course.
> >Honestly, I don't ever remember having this myself. For some reason,
> >I think they used to blow smoke in your ear. How this could help, I
> >have no idea.

> This is going to sound absolutely ridiculous, but I know it works:
> slice an onion in half and heat it in a microwave until it's hot
> enough for the heat to be felt (but not burned) through a cloth, such
> as a washcloth or old rag. Hold it against her ear...I cannot recall
> what gas is released, but it worked on my kids when they were small.

Many ear aches are caused by blockage of the eustachian tube, which runs
from the ear and drains into the throat.
I forget the exact name of the chemical in the onion that causes fluid to
be created in epithelial tissue, but heating it would definitely release
more and increase its activity.
Actually, it makes perfect sense if the earache is from a plugged
eustachian tube.

> Terry "Squeaks" Pulliam Burd
> AAC(F)BV66.0748.CA
> "If the soup had been as hot as the claret, if the claret had been as
> old as the bird, and if the bird's breasts had been as full as the
> waitress's, it would have been a very good dinner."
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