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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

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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I've been getting allergy shots for 2 years. Every other week now. Still really bad. Dry nostrils. Fluid behind ears, but no infection. Spasms/ Clicking. Congestion. Taking allegra (fexofenadine). Any suggestions?

I've been getting allergy shots for 2 years. Every other week now. Still really bad. Dry nostrils. Fluid behind ears, but no infection. Spasms/ Clicking. Congestion. Taking allegra (fexofenadine). Any suggestions?

Fluid behind ears: Fluid behind the ears may be Serous Otitis Media. Recommend you use Clear. Ease Lozenges - one 3x a day, melt in mouth between cheek and gums.
This is a proteolytic enzyme - papase and bromelein that is developed for Scuba Divers and Pilots who have ear blockage. Will also aid your "clicking."
Details at www. Grossaninstitute. Com ...Read more

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Last 2 weeks I had congestion only. Thought it was allergies. It went away. Now, left ear hurts everytime I yawn or swallow. No fever. No "popping".?

Last 2 weeks I had congestion only. Thought it was allergies. It went away. Now, left ear hurts everytime I yawn or swallow. No fever. No "popping".?

Eustacean tube prob: It sounds like there may still be a little congestion of the eustacean tube which connects the middle ear to the nasopharynx. If the ear hurts all of the time or feels plugged, it may be an ear infection. It may respond to a decongestant. Give it time. ...Read more

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Cough, chest/nose congestion, tired, blocked ears over a week. Taking zyrtec, mucinex, (guaifenesin) advil. Is it cold, allergies, something else?

Cough, chest/nose congestion, tired, blocked ears over a week. Taking zyrtec, mucinex, (guaifenesin) advil. Is it cold, allergies, something else?

Non specific: Not sure what the question really is, but if you are talking about upper respiratory tract or head cold symptoms due to infection versus if they are do to allergies, allergic symptoms tend to occur with exposure to kn own or suspected triggers, would not have fever, or sore throat, infections would be more likely to have fever, sore throat, no clear allergic exposure etc. ...Read more

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Throat is very very red since a month. No pain. Sometimes ear pain. And I have nasal congestion because of allergies most of the time.

Throat is very very red since a month. No pain. Sometimes ear pain. And I have nasal congestion because of allergies most of the time.

Chronic inflammation: This sounds like chronic inflammation. The lack of pain suggest mild inflammation. Irritants such as allergies or smoking are common causes. Treat your allergies. If it is persistent you should see your doctor. More serious conditions that require a biopsy might be possible. ...Read more

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I'm 10w pregnant & I've allergy that keeps getting worse sneezing itching ears & throat congestion & the PA told me I can take allegra (fexofenadine)! Is it safe?

I'm 10w pregnant & I've allergy that keeps getting worse sneezing itching ears & throat congestion & the PA told me I can take allegra (fexofenadine)! Is it safe?

No Allegra (fexofenadine): Claritin (loratadine) and Zyrtec (cetirizine) are pregnancy category B medications which means that animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus. I frequently use these medications with my pregnant patients. Allegra (fexofenadine) is category C so I would avoid this medication and stick with the ones listed above. If concerned, talk to OB/GYN about specific medications. ...Read more

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I'm abroad & previously lost voice& stronger allergy meds helped. Now have sore throat, chest congestion, and itchy ear. Do I have allergies or a cold?

I'm abroad & previously lost voice& stronger allergy meds helped. Now have sore throat, chest congestion, and itchy ear. Do I have allergies or a cold?

? Both: Allergies can be superimposed by infections, especially viral infections, can give same symptoms as having colds, trust there are drug stores where you currently are, saline nasal washes, salt water gargles, plenty of fluids and rest as much as you can will definitely help, allergy meds with decongestants, unless hypertensive, taken regularly would help too, antibiotics later if those measures fail ...Read more

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I have a swollen lymph node in my neck, difficulty swallowing, ear ache and congestion in my throat. I do have allergies. What could it be?

I have a swollen lymph node in my neck, difficulty swallowing, ear ache and congestion in my throat. I do have allergies. What could it be?

How long?: If these symptoms are less than 10 days in duration, you are correct in assuming that it could be allergy or a viral infection. As a rule of thumb if symptoms get worse after 5 days or not better after 10 days, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Viral, bacterial, allergy? I ate spicy food & got runny nose. Day 2 nasal congestion/headache/ear pressure. Then a dry cough gets worse on waking up!

Viral, bacterial, allergy? I ate spicy food & got runny nose. Day 2 nasal congestion/headache/ear pressure. Then a dry cough gets worse on waking up!

Spicy food rhinitis: People often get running noses from eating spicy foods. Others might sweat. The spicy food can cause a mild reaction to the nose causing it to swell a little. This is the congestion. The spicy food can also cause more reflux which would irritate the throat which could cause you to cough. I hope this helps. I'm good health. ...Read more

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I don't have a sore throat but I did recently have nasal congestion due to allergies. The congestion is gone but my ear hurts a lot when I swallow.

I don't have a sore throat but I did recently have nasal congestion due to allergies. The congestion is gone but my ear hurts a lot when I swallow.

See Allergist: In patients with poorly controlled allergic rhinitis, symptoms can often manifest as ear fullness or pain. Treating your allergies properly with avoidance measures and medications usually resolves these symptoms. For acute pain have ear examined to rule out infection. See an Allergist in order to diagnose your allergen sensitivities and maximize your medication regimen so that you feel better. ...Read more

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Could I be experiencing allergies in winter season? I feel ill no fever! Upset stomach, sinus congestion, sore throat, ear pain/pressure. Low appeti

Could I be experiencing allergies in winter season? I feel ill no fever! Upset stomach, sinus congestion, sore throat, ear pain/pressure. Low appeti

Yes: You may be allergic to indoor allergens which include house dust mites, molds, pet etc. However upset stomach occurs only rarely mostly from profuse post-nasal drips. If your house has a humidifier in the furnace or anywhere, be sure to check for molds in the water compartment. You need to consult your doctor as well since there are many other answers. ...Read more

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Which OTC daily allergy/sinus medicine is best for head congestion/pressure?

Which OTC daily allergy/sinus medicine is best for head congestion/pressure?

Better see your doctor: If you have continuous symptoms, self medication would help short term and you still have to read the labels of any OTC drug carefully. If you have a chronic problem your doctor would help you better, good luck ...Read more

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Is it possible for TMJ and allergy symptoms to be related? I have clicking of the jaw, constant congestion and strange head sensations. Should I worry

Is it possible for TMJ and allergy symptoms to be related? I have clicking of the jaw, constant congestion and strange head sensations. Should I worry

No: There are two separate entities although TMJ problem can give you a sense of the ears being plugged when no obstruction is present. See dentist to get you a mouthpiece to wear at night. ...Read more

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Feeling similar to "brain zap" - minor allergies with mild congestion in head - 50mg zoloft/day - could either be the cause? Concerned!

Feeling similar to "brain zap" - minor allergies with mild congestion in head - 50mg zoloft/day - could either be the cause? Concerned!

Yep.: Either could be - or both. Many questions like: for how long, previous times - same symptoms?
What else are you taking? Etc.
I thinkyou want your dr to check this out. ...Read more

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Congestion and stuffy ears?

Congestion and stuffy ears?

Virus or allergy: Sounds like you have the typical issues a lot of people have this time of year. Viruses and being allergic to various things are typical causes. Do you have specific questions about the symptoms? ...Read more

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How to relieve congestion and pressure from ear and head?

How to relieve congestion and pressure from ear and head?

Steam inhalation: I would try steam inhalation with vicks that can open up eustachian tubes (canals connecting back of your throat to ears) and relieve congestion/pressure from ears sometimes. ...Read more

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Suffering from congestion in ears and post nasal drip for over two weeks, what can I take to help clear it up?

Suffering from congestion in ears and post nasal drip for over two weeks, what can I take to help clear it up?

? Sinusitis: Saline nasal washes twice daily, together with OTC decongestants, read the labels carefully, avoid if hypertensive, and see your doctor, you may need Rx medications, good luck ...Read more

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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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Could you tell me why my inner ear is full of congestion?

Allergy: Allergies have caused your eustachian tubes to become blocked, you will probably have decreased hearing for a while. Treatment is antihistamines or steroids. ...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

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

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