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Ears feel like i'm at a high altitude like the clogged feeling u get when flying! throat feels swollen, thick feeling when swallowing!?

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Dr. John Weeks
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Blocked tube: The eustachian tubes allow air to travel from the throat to the inside of the ear drum to keep the pressure same on both sides of the ear drum. When you have swelling or secretions in your throat, the opening can get plugged and the pressure can't equalize. Sometimes treating the sore throat or nasal congestion will open it, try yawning, swallowing or blowing your nose with your nostrils pinched.
Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
Cosmetic Dentistry 50 years experience
Hot shower or Rx: Your Eustachian Tubes are clogged. Ask your physician or pharmacist for a medication to reduce the inflammation. As an alternative, let your head and neck be under a hot shower (do not burn yourself), as this helps to reduce the inflammation.

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