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A 29-year-old male asked:

Deep inside one of my ears it feels like fluid and pressure are there. popping ears does not help at all. not pain; just a fluid feeling, occasional pulses, but very deep. what does this sound like, and when should it warrant a trip to the doctor?

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Dr. Robert Shapiro
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Answer: There is most likely fluid and mucous inside your Eustachian tube causing the blockage. If popping the ear does not help, try using a decongestant nasal spray such as Afrin or Neosynephrime in the nostril on the side of the blockage, drinking clear liquids, and avoiding dairy products. There is no hard and fast rule about this, but I will usually prescribe antibiotics after a week if unimproved.
Dr. Edward Seegers
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
If there is blockage ie; mucous/fluid in Eustacian tube equalization is impossible.That's why flying prohibited.If PAIN and FULLNESS to start, then there is fluid INSIDE the middle ear and not ET, and accumulation means it cannot drain. Rx is a grommet and only a grommet. thanks
May 5, 2016
Dr. Edward Seegers
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Rinne's test helpful here to show conductive hearing loss. thanks
May 5, 2016

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