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My nose has been clogged up for 2 days now and i finally used an oxymetazoline nasal spray but it was expired should i be worried?

My nose has been clogged up for 2 days now and i finally used an oxymetazoline nasal spray but it was expired should i be worried?

Toss it blow ur nose: Not because it's too old but because these type of inhalers will cause a rebound congestion much worse than the original problem and are thus highly addictive. They are actually recommended to be used for just two to three days which is unfortunately just long enough for this profound rebound congestion to develop as the drug wears off. Learn to blow your nose, it's far more effective. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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How to unclog my ear? I had a bad sinus infection last week. Took a zpak and feel better except my left ear is clogged and won't pop. Its more annoying than anything but sounds like fluid crackling. I tried a sinus rinse, peroxide, afrin, hot rag on it an

Time: Hello, unfortunately we do not have any medical therapy at our disposal to immediately remove the fluid or pressure behind your eardrum. If your fluid has been present beyond 3 months or if your symptoms are worsening (associated dizziness, infection, worsening hearing) then a surgical procedure to insert tubes may be recommended. ...Read more

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I am having pressure when I bend forward in the back of my head and near my ears. Slight runny nose, no congestion, will afrin nasal spray help this?

I am having pressure when I bend forward in the back of my head and near my ears. Slight runny nose, no congestion, will afrin nasal spray help this?

Probably not: Afrin (oxymetazoline) can't be used for more than 3 days or you'll get rebound congestion in people using it chronically for that. Also, it can't be used at the same time if you are on high blood pressure meds, glaucoma drops or meds, or any meds that can increase pressures. Read the package insert carefully first. It's basically a sinus decongestant, and you said you don't have any congestion. So go another way. ...Read more

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Can Afrin and Flonase thickin the fluid in Eustachian Tube? I used both yesterday 2 sprays in each nostril. My left ear feels clogged today.

Can Afrin and Flonase thickin the fluid in Eustachian Tube?  I used both yesterday 2 sprays in each nostril. My left ear feels clogged today.

Not likely: Flonase does not reach optimum potency until used consistently for days. It is more likely that whatever causes one to use nose sprays in the first place results in inefficient Eustachian Tube drainage due to inflammation. Stay the course as advised by your physician. Make sure to review the warnings on these if using otc. ...Read more

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Deeply clogged sinuses, left ear pressure for 5 days. Used OTC sudafed and mucinex (guaifenesin) and Afrin, nothing is loosening mucous, no fever no swelling?

Deeply clogged sinuses, left ear pressure for 5 days. Used OTC sudafed and mucinex (guaifenesin) and Afrin, nothing is loosening mucous, no fever no swelling?

Tincture of time: Tincture of time.
Use a humidifier or vaporizer.
Take long showers or -- very carefully -- breathe in steam from a pot on the stove.
Drink lots of fluids, which will thin out your mucus and may help prevent your sinuses from getting blocked up.
Use a nasal saline spray – simple unmedicated salt water – to help prevent your nasal passages from drying out. ...Read more

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Would one get benefit from putting a few drops of Afrin (oxymetazoline) nose spray in each ear? I know you will say don't do this and but could it decongest the ear?

Would one get benefit from putting a few drops of Afrin (oxymetazoline) nose spray in each ear? I know you will say don't do this and but could it decongest the ear?

No.: It does not work that way. If your ears are plugged, it can be due to too much ear wax, too. See Doc for cleaning. No Q-tips! Ear plugs can make this worse, too. If you have a runny nose and sneezing, due to allergies, an antihistamine may help. For colds, otc meds have no proven benefit in decent studies and their own side effects. ...Read more

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Can afrin (oxymetazoline) nose spray help unplug my ears?

It can: Be careful! Use of afrin (oxymetazoline) for longer than 3 days can result in rebound congestion that's hard to get rid of. Oral decongestants like Pseudoephedrine are safer and can also unblock your ears if they are blocked because your eustachian tubes are blocked. ...Read more

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I uesed afrin (oxymetazoline) and now im totally clogged my doctor gave me antibiotics does that work. And how log after I stopped useing afrin (oxymetazoline) does the nose go back?

I uesed afrin (oxymetazoline) and now im totally clogged my doctor gave me antibiotics does that work. And how log after I stopped useing afrin (oxymetazoline) does the nose go back?

Cold vs allergy: Don't use afrin (oxymetazoline) spray longer than 4 or 5 days, or you can become dependent on it. A dose doesn't last more than 12 hours. If your symptoms last longer than a usual cold, see your provider to see if you may need allergy medicine. Go early if new fever develops. ...Read more

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On day5 of a nasty cold. Cannot breathe out of my nose at all, smell or taste! Lots of pressure in head & ears. Sudafed & Afrin not helping. Any sugg?

On day5 of a nasty cold. Cannot breathe out of my nose at all, smell or taste! Lots of pressure in head & ears. Sudafed & Afrin not helping. Any sugg?

Cold: I would head to an urgent care center or depending on the state you reside in, attempt a consult with one of the docs for medication. Till then continue the over the counter meds, nasal wash, etc. ...Read more

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I used Afrin (oxymetazoline) before bed, now my nose hurts and im leaking clear liquid from my nose, is this normal? The pain woke me up. Hurts when I turn my head.

I used Afrin (oxymetazoline) before bed, now my nose hurts and im leaking clear liquid from my nose, is this normal? The pain woke me up. Hurts when I turn my head.

Afrin (oxymetazoline) is supposed to: Help with decongesting your nostrils so you can breathe while you sleep. So yes the clear liquid coming out must be what the Afrin (oxymetazoline) decongested -- however, if that clear liquid thickens up, or becomes cloudy, and you have more headache/pain noted without using more Afrin (oxymetazoline), you may need to get to a healthcare provider so they can treat you for potential sinus infection. ...Read more

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On atenolol (25mg) verapamil (120mg).i have head cold so took dayquil/ afrin nose spray.heart rate dipping into high 40s, low 50s.keeps skipping?

ER now: And hold all your medications, what is happening is a bad interaction amongst the atenolol, verapamil and the DayQuil and afrin, which you shouldn't have taken in the first place. Kindly ask your doctor in the future, especially if are on such meds, good luck ...Read more

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Will sudogest help from my ear being clogged? Been like this 4, 3weeks now. Dr said its nasal congestion. Cong. Is clearing up not my ear. Please help

Will sudogest help from my ear being clogged? Been like this 4, 3weeks now. Dr said its nasal congestion. Cong. Is clearing up not my ear. Please help

It can help: Sudogest is a drug that constricts the blood vessels, affecting the entire body to some extent, but in the nose, sinuses, and ears it reduces congestion. The eustachian tube(et) connects the ear to throat and can swell, causing ear stuffiness. That rx can open the et. It may take some time. There are prescriptions like nasal steroid sprays and oral steroids that your doctor can prescribe too. ...Read more

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Used too much pressure doing nasal irrigation. Left ear is clogged. Valsalva maneuver ineffective. Have been taking sudafed. Ineffective?

Used too much pressure doing nasal irrigation. Left ear is clogged. Valsalva maneuver ineffective.  Have been taking sudafed. Ineffective?

May need time: It may take a few days to weeks for the fluid to clear. Avoid irrigation for now but could continue sudafed. If the hearing is affected or continues for >4 weeks would see ENT to make sure nothing else is going on. ...Read more

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My left ear has felt clogged for over a week and my right ear has been aching for over a week I've tried nasal spray and dr. Prescribed ear drops. Als?

My left ear has felt clogged for over a week and my right ear has been aching for over a week I've tried nasal spray and dr. Prescribed ear drops. Als?

See ENT or Audiology: To examine your ears for signs of tympanic membrane pressure or inflammatory changes. Since you mention pain, infection or serous otitis media are possible complications Eustachian tube dysfunction can cause pressure sensations in the ears, dizziness or even pulsatile tinnitus. PE tubes may be required in order to give you temporary relief for this. ...Read more

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I have a sinus infection that is causing horrible pain in the maxillary area and my ears are clogged. Safe to use a nasal spray while breastfeeding?

I have a sinus infection that is causing horrible pain in the maxillary area and my ears are clogged. Safe to use a nasal spray while breastfeeding?

Yes.: The saline sinus sprays are completely fine. Things like afrin (oxymetazoline) work on the blood vessels to decrease their size. This type of medicine also can work on the blood vessels of the breast to decrease milk production. It is more of a problem when you take a decongestant by mouth but still a small risk. Check out lacmed app as a resource for meds and breast feeding. Feel better! ...Read more

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My left ear feels like it is clogged how can I relieve this? I went to the doctor on monday and he treated me for a sinus infection. He gave me anti-biotics and nasal spray. I seem to be doing better except for my left ear feels like it is clogged and whe

My left ear feels like it is clogged how can I relieve this? I went to the doctor on monday and he treated me for a sinus infection. He gave me anti-biotics and nasal spray. I seem to be doing better except for my left ear feels like it is clogged and whe

This : This is likely due to eustachian tube problems caused by the sinus infection. The antibiotics will clear the infection and help with the inflammation. The nasal spray is possible a steroid spray to decrease inflammation, or a decongestant to decrease edema. The positional component to the symptoms could be due to mucous in the middle ear. Sometimes ear symptoms take a while to clear even after the sinus issues are over. ...Read more

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Sore throat, no nasal congestion or chest congestion, ears feel clogged and body is achy?

Sore throat, no nasal congestion or chest congestion, ears feel clogged and body is achy?

? Viral infection: Rest as much as you can, use acetaminophen unless you can't, more fluids, hot or cold, salt water gargles, if not better in a day or two, see your doctor ...Read more

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Pulsing head + dizzy/lightheaded when lie down. Ears clogged, pressure in eyes/face, nasal voice often. Allergies. Cervical issues. What specialist?

Pulsing head + dizzy/lightheaded when lie down. Ears clogged, pressure in eyes/face, nasal voice often. Allergies. Cervical issues. What specialist?

Doctor for allergies: Allergists treat the allergies and the ear- blocking and headaches that come with them. They don't do neck adjustments in the USA. I would start with an allergist and if they do not help you, consider seeing an otolaryngologist for structural causes of the nose and ears giving you these symptoms. For the neck, you may need a different doctor entirely, depends on what symptoms you have. ...Read more

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Hi, sinus infection for past week. Nasal irrigation helped, mucus clearer & congestion gone. Now left ear is clogged &left side of throat/ear is sore?

Hi, sinus infection for past week. Nasal irrigation helped, mucus clearer & congestion gone. Now left ear is clogged &left side of throat/ear is sore?

Great: You may want to continue the saline nasal washes, and salt water gargles in addition to pain killers and lots of fluids and rest, if no improvement in a day or so, see your doctor for possible need for Rx medications, good luck ...Read more

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I was just sick with nasal congestion, sore throat, and clogged ears. I know they are not infected, but how might I fix the blockage in my ears?

I was just sick with nasal congestion, sore throat, and clogged ears. I know they are not infected, but how might I fix the blockage in my ears?

Decongestant: Try OTC nasal decongestant but for no more than 5 days. If problem worsens or persists> a week, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Clogged ears mucus and stuff nose what do I do to clear it up?

URTI: It could be due to upper respiratory viral syndrome(urti). It usually gets better in 3-5 days, but if this persists you may need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Head congestion, mucus, clogged nasal passages. What does this sound like?

Head congestion, mucus, clogged nasal passages. What does this sound like?

Cold: You will get the best care in a long term relationship with a provider who knows you over time. Discuss this with that provider. ...Read more

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My left ear is clogged from blowing my nose too hard. How do I fix this?

Reverse it: Try holding your nose and swallowing and see if that has an effect that actually can reverse holding your nose and blowing. If you still get no relief contact an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Hello, I squeeze my nose and hold. Then I blow my nose. Air usually sounds like it comes out of my ears but my left ear seems like it s cloged. What?

Hello, I squeeze my nose and hold. Then I blow my nose. Air usually sounds like it comes out of my ears but my left ear seems like it s cloged. What?

Eustachian tube.: You may have problems with your eustachian tubes in your ears. They may not be working properly and causing the plugged feeling in your ear. The sound in your ears when you blow against the closed nostrils is air being forced up this tube. ...Read more

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I have a runny nose and my left ear is clogged for about like a couple of weeks and it won't pop?

I have a runny nose and my left ear is clogged for about like a couple of weeks and it won't pop?

Nose: Sounds like allergies and if so antihistamines would help. Sometimes if the nose and the ear are clogged on the same side it could be related to your teeth. (Your dental nerve goes to those areas.) See an ENT to check it out ...Read more

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Ear clogged, nose stuffy, eye teary, all right side. Is it possible to have one sided allergy problems? Or maybe a sinus issue?

Ear clogged, nose stuffy, eye teary, all right side. Is it possible to have one sided allergy problems? Or maybe a sinus issue?

Mucosal swelling: The constellation of symptoms and signs in your question can be caused by swelling of the mucosa in your sinuses and Eustachian tube as well as swelling of your right tonsil. This can indeed be seen in allergies.

Best wishes. ...Read more

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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 pain now. Help!

Have bad cold. Blow nose too hard. Clogged up ear cant dissapear even after chew candy, open mouth wide, etc. Feel a little pain now. Help!

Head congestion: It sounds like you have a sever head cold, Probably viral. the 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. ...Read more

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Stuffy nose, head congestion, ears feeling clogged, drainage, chest kind of burning but mucous is clear. What is this?

Stuffy nose, head congestion, ears feeling clogged, drainage, chest kind of burning but mucous is clear. What is this?

URI/Sinusitis: You most likely have sinusitis and upper respiratory infection. Most commonly these are viral in nature, and do not require antibiotics. However, if symptoms getting worse or chest pain getting worse, be sure to get evaluated as bacterial superinfections can occur, and URI can evolve into pneumonia in some cases. ...Read more

Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Nasal (Definition)

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Afrin (Definition)

Afrin is a nasal preparation which is a kind of ...Read more