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A 34-year-old member asked:

how can i even out ear pressure without it hurting?

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Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
ETD: It sounds like you are having trouble equalizing the pressure in your middle ear. This often creates a fullness, like you want to pop or clear your ears. It is called eustachian tube dysfunction (etd). Decongestant either sprayed into the nose or taken orally can alleviate this problem. Sometimes your doctor needs to examine this and treat with other rx if no success with otc rx.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

How come I have ear pressure, but nobody else in the family has it when we travel?

1 doctor answer6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Katharine Garnier
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Eustacian tubes: The tube that runs from your middle middle ear to your nasal passages is different in everyone, some larger or smaller, some at more of an angle....And allergies can make it less open also (it is lined with the same tissue as your nose basically). Things that can help when you fly is chewing gum, using a nose spray like afrin before you fly, or something called "earplanes", in your pharmacy!
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A 24-year-old female asked:

What could be the cause of ear pressure?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stephen Camacho
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Ear pressure: Ear pressure is often a factor of swelling or dysfunction of your eustachian tube, the none tin between your ears and the back of your throat. If you have an infection or allergies that can affect how your eustachian tube opens to equalize the pressure behind your eardrum and the outside air pressure.
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A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: ear pressure?

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Dr. David Jakubowicz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Ear Pressure: Pressure in the middle ear is ideally equal to environmental pressure. It is corrected by the eustachian tube, which connects from the middle ear to the back of nose. The popping that occurs when one goes in an airplane is the eustachian tube opening to equalize ear pressure. When pressures differ, the ear drum can be sucked in or bulge out. With this fluid can accumulate causing an otitis media.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Great answer. I agree 100%
Dec 5, 2012
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A 17-year-old female asked:

What are some good ways to fix ear pressure build up when changing altitude quickly, like in an airplane?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Travel Medicine 45 years experience
Try this: -treat any congestion beforehand. If you're feeling "stuffy" before flying, use nasal decongestant or antihistamine before boarding -yawn widely -swallow. Chew gum, suck on hard candy, sip a drink. -try valsalva maneuver: hold nostrils closed w/ your fingers, close your mouth & blow softly. Be gentle. Persistent pain or pressure lasting beyond 1-2 days? Get seen.
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A 28-year-old female asked:

I have a lot of ear pressure in my ears. What could it be?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Congestion: Could be several things including congestion, ear wax occlusion, ear infection, sinus disease, allergies, etc. See a dr. For an evaluation and proper diagnosis, good luck.

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