Children are peculiarly liable to this distressing form of disease, occasioned by exposure to cold and dampness, or an abscess forming in the ear.


The ear-ache may be relieved by steaming the side of the head, and using the warm foot bath. The heart of a roasted onion, put into the ear as hot as it can be borne, will generally relieve. Syringing the ear with warm soap-suds will sometimes relieve the pain. A bath of hops, simmered in vinegar and applied warm, has been found very beneficial.