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Dr. Mark Loury
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Congestion (Definition)

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How long does it take for side effects from fluticasone to subside after u discontinue use. I have used it a month or so and experience ear congestion?

How long does it take for side effects from fluticasone to subside after u discontinue use. I have used it a month or so and experience ear congestion?

Side effects: If this is strictly a side effect of the medication, I would hope that as the medication comes out of your system, the effects will go away as well. The half life of the medication is 11-12hrs. So five half lifes before it is more or less out of your system, so roughly 60 hours, I would say fluticasone is out of your system. If there is some suppression on the adrenal axis, this may take more time ...Read more

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Can wearing earplugs to bed cause nasal and ear congestion in the morning?

Can wearing earplugs to bed cause nasal and ear congestion in the morning?

Yes: Provided that the earplugs are standard and not some unusual design there should rarely be a problem. However, earplugs can push normal ear cerumen (wax) into the ear canal and cause blockage which will be sensed as ear congestion or decreased hearing ( known as conductive or mechanical hearing loss). The sense of nasal congestion should not be related to earplugs. ...Read more

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Cold with ear congestion, for 2 weeks now decongestants, ear popping not working need help please?

Cold with ear congestion, for 2 weeks now decongestants, ear popping not working need help please?

Eustachian tube: The ear popping is likely do to transient opening of a eustachian tube that has swollen do to the cold.That will often trap mucous in the middle ear and reduce hearing while it is there. This can take a few weeks to clear up but should do some over time. If it becomes painful or you run fever, have your doc see if it became infected. ...Read more

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Will prednisone help relieve ear congestion/fullness? And how long will it take to work? (20mg 2x/day for 5 days)

Will prednisone help relieve ear congestion/fullness? And how long will it take to work? (20mg 2x/day for 5 days)

It may....: "ear congestion" often is the result of malfunctioning of the eustachian tube--a tiny little tube connecting your inner ear area to the back/side of your throat/mouth. The the tube is functioning normally, you don't have the "congestion feel in ear" when this tube is blocked i.e. Cold/allergies, it affects drainage and hence affects middle ear. Prednisone may help. If worse, call doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have right ear congestion (fullness)with tunnitus for 12 days that started as a short lasting ear ache, at the end of a 3 week cold. ?

I have right ear congestion (fullness)with tunnitus for 12 days that started as a short lasting ear ache, at the end of a 3 week cold. ?

Eustachian tube: ET dysfunction from a cold can create ear congestion or a middle ear fluid problem that can cause temporary hearing loss and/or tinnitus . It usually will respond to medications that decongest such as topical nasal decongestants like Afrin or Neosynephrine; oral decongestants like Sudafed; and topical nasal steroids like Flonase, Nasacort, and Rhinocort, all of which are OTC. See MD if persists. ...Read more

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Is there any way to get rid of ear congestion? I am still getting over a really bad cold, and my ears have been congested since saturday. Is there anything i can do to help get rid of the congestion?

Is there any way to get rid of ear congestion? I am still getting over a really bad cold, and my ears have been congested since saturday. Is there anything i can do to help get rid of the congestion?

The : The short answer here is an over the counter decongestant like sudafed. Obviously you should read the instructions and make sure you have no contraindications to this type of medication before taking it. If that does not seem to do the trick and you have continued ear congestion you should be evaluated by your doctor. You may have an ear infection or other problem going on. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have been short of breath with head and ear congestion I have had xrays and EKG what causes this I am a 27 year old female?

I have been short of breath with head and ear congestion I have had xrays and EKG what causes this I am a 27 year old female?

Probably viral : If you are young and otherwise healthy it is likely a viral syndrome. This may be related to associated reactive airways disease or a possible pericardial effusion (fluid around the heart). A possible but less likely scenario may be an associated weakness of the heart muscle. Would rec. An md with great physical diagnosis skills and possibly an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart). ...Read more

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How do I relieve fever? I have blocked ears, congestion, dizziness, cough and stomach issues

How do I relieve fever? I have blocked ears, congestion, dizziness, cough and stomach issues

Fevers: In children at this level are common, but can be serious. Tylenol/acetomenophen brings fever down, cool, cloths and baths do so too, but if not improved, worth a trip to urgent care or er...Can be serious bacterial infection. ...Read more

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What is the best way to clear ear congestion? Claritin, (loratadine) zyrtec-d, and Neti Pot did not help. I have allergy-like congestion, but can not clear left ear

What is the best way to clear ear congestion? Claritin, (loratadine) zyrtec-d, and Neti Pot did not help. I have allergy-like congestion, but can not clear left ear

Maybe steroids: Your eustachian tube may be congested. It might be time to see an ENT for consideration of either nasal steroids or a tapered dose of oral steroids. In the interim you may also consider using afrin nasal spray 2 sprays each nostril twice a day for only three days. Combine this with gently trying to clear your ears by pinching your nose shut gently and blowing against the closed nose. ...Read more

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Can cough, greenish yellow phlegm/mucus and head/ear congestion persist for awhile after a viral URI? Feel better except for these things. No fever.

Can cough, greenish yellow phlegm/mucus and head/ear congestion persist for awhile after a viral URI? Feel better except for these things. No fever.

Maybe: without an exam, I can only give general information, but classically after an inflammatory process in the upper respiratory area, the body is more susceptible to secondary infection with whatever germs are there. Strep and mouth germs are the most common causes and these often require antibiotics. ...Read more

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Sore throat, ear congestion, and when I yawn my ears kind of hurt. What may cause it?

Sore throat, ear congestion, and when I yawn my ears kind of hurt. What may cause it?

URI: Probably upper respiratory infection, usually viral in nature, try taking a decongestant, but if fever, pus spots, etc., see a doctor to see if you need antibiotics - most are viral infections and will need to take their time to go away and antibiotics can't kill viruses. ...Read more

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I have a very sore throat, and feeling of stuffiness in nose, ear congestion. What could this be? I feel miserable.

I have a very sore throat, and feeling of stuffiness in nose, ear congestion. What could this be? I feel miserable.

Cold: Your constellation of symptoms sounds like a bad head cold. The sore throat can be from infection (viral or bacterial), it can also be from post-nasal drip (mucus from the stuffy nose dripping down the back of the throat is very irritating). The sinuses, ears, and throat are all connected so congestion in one can relate to symptoms elsewhere. Drink plenty of fluids and Ibuprofen for pain. ...Read more

Dr. Phil Zapanta
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Nasal Congestion (Stuffiness) (Definition)

Nasal congestion (stuffiness) ...Read more