A 24-year-old female asked:
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have bad cold. blow nose too hard. clogged up ear cant dissapear even after chew candy, open mouth wide, etc. feel a little bit pain now. help!

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Dr. Edwin Gray
54 years experience General Practice
Stop blowing so hard: Clear your nose with gentle blowing after rinsing multiple times with OTC saline without preservative. Avoid decongestants; do not place foreign objects in ear. Apply moist heat to face and ear with hot wet cloth. See doctor if no better two days or if you get severe ear pain. May take days to unstop ear.
Answered on Sep 9, 2016
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Dr. Inaam Schneider
44 years experience Internal Medicine
Head congestion: it sounds like you have a sever head cold, Probably viral . best thing to do is get some over the counter cold medication to help with your symptoms . if not improved in 24-48 hours , go to Urgent care . The ear pain is probably coming from blocked Eustachian tubes in your ears .Decongestants will help that . Take care .
Answered on Jul 16, 2018
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Dr. Edwin Gray
Dr. Edwin Gray commented
54 years experience General Practice
Thank you Dr Schneider: For years I have treated URIs with muco-lytics such as sterile saline and plain Mucinex. I feel that decongestants are too drying and promote blockage. Probably steroid sprays also help along with hydration. DM products promote bad dreams and other issues when combined with OTC URI products and patient medications. I know this is not scientific! Just consider?
Apr 21, 2015

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