This section is from the book "Smith's Family Physician", by William Henry Smith. See also: Natural Physician's Healing Therapies: Proven Remedies that Medical Doctors Don't Know.
Genuine neuralgia of the ear, occurring in fits of excruciating pain, shooting over the head and face, may be distinguished from inflammation by the sudden intensity of the pain, which is not throbbing, does not increase in severity, is not attended with fever, and comes and goes capriciously. Its causes are the same as those of neuralgia generally, but particularly decay of the teeth; and its treatment principally consists in removing the decayed teeth, or filling them; with doses of Carbonate of Iron and Bromide of Potash.
Common Earache, which is frequently produced (in children especially) by decay of the back teeth, or by cold, is generally somewhat inflammatory.
Treatment-If there are any decayed teeth, they had better be extracted. The patient may take a dose of opening medicine, and a few drops of Laudanum on a piece of cotton may be put in the ear. At bedtime the feet and legs should be put into hot water, and afterwards wiped in warm flannel, as also should the head be. Some warm gruel, and a dose of Bromide of Potash should be taken before getting into bed; and the same treatment may be followed the next day, after which, probably, the malady will have subsided.