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I am having severe ear pain. I was vomiting two days ago. There is no sinus pressure. Took an antihistamine to 'help'. I am considering the ER.

I am having severe ear pain. I was vomiting two days ago. There is no sinus pressure. Took an antihistamine to 'help'. I am considering the ER.

Check TMJ: Check for Temporomandibular Joint pain by holding a finger at the entrance of the ear canal while opening and closing your mouth. If the motion is clearly the cause then taking pain medicines, rest and a soft diet is recommended. Other causes could be swimmer's ear which is like a small pimple in the ear canal or a severe middle ear infection which would require antibiotics. ...Read more

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I read that 5 htp helps with bruxism. True? Safe? Would facial massage help. Jaw and ear pain. Only thing that helps is nightly benadryl (diphenhydramine).

I read that 5 htp helps with bruxism. True? Safe? Would facial massage help. Jaw and ear pain. Only thing that helps is nightly benadryl (diphenhydramine).

Maybe: Sleep bruxism is a parafunctional activity that occurs in nearly all people. It is simply night-time clenching or grinding of the teeth. Htp increases seratonin. Bruxism can cause significant damage to the teeth and tmj. It can be reponsible for tension type headache pain. It is best managed with a devised called a nti which suppresses elevating muscle activity by 70 percent when worn during sleep. ...Read more

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What is best approach to treating allergy-related stopped up ear (s)/eustachian probs? Antihistamine? Nasal spray? Decongestant?

What is best approach to treating allergy-related stopped up ear (s)/eustachian probs? Antihistamine? Nasal spray? Decongestant?

Nasal sprays: Initially you want to start off with nasal corticosteroid nasal sprays. If this alleviates the symptoms then you do not need to do anything else. However, if you have some relief, then try as needed decongestant. ...Read more

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What's the best remedy for ear pain?

What's the best remedy for ear pain?

Treat the cause: Treatment to resolve ear pain depends on the cause. If it is directly related to the ear, as with an external or middle ear infection, then a topical and/or oral antibiotic or anti-fungal is needed.
Infection or inflammation in the throat, molars or base of tongue region can present with ear pain.
See your primary doctor or ENT specialist. ...Read more

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What is the best relief from ear pain due to a severe cold?

Sinus rinse: Sinus rinses - like those made by NeilMed are great; decongestants like pseudephedrine however probably are not ideal with a heart condition. ...Read more

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I'm 31-years-old. How can I best treat the flu and my ear pain?

I'm 31-years-old. How can I best treat the flu and my ear pain?

Flu tx.: If you have the Flu hydrate well w water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. You can use pain relievers like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or NSAID’s. Rest A LOT! In some situations antiviral medications (Tamiflu, Relenza, Flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. ...Read more

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I'm having flu wd ear pain and throat infection what would be best for me?

I'm having flu wd ear pain and throat infection what would be best for me?

Dr. Can check throat: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). Throat lozenges and acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help decrease pain. ...Read more

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What is the best way to manage my pain in my ear? Doctor said my ear pain sounds like a trapped nerve.

I need more history: Hello there, How long have you had the pain? What causes it? Did you get a diagnosis? It s outer, middle or inner ear? is there any hearing loss? What treatments did you try? And any other info you can provide please. Thanks ...Read more

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Post impacted wisdom teeth extraction have random ear pain in one year. I have developed tmj. Best way to reduce inflammation? Taking ibprofene.

Post impacted wisdom teeth extraction have random ear pain in one year. I have developed tmj. Best way to reduce inflammation? Taking ibprofene.

A few ideas.: Depends on symptoms, and cause of symptoms. 3 signs of TMJ dysfunction: joint noises, joint pain & limited oral opening. Self treat with soft diet, jaw exercises, massage, heat/cold, OTC pain meds. A splint or physical therapy would be next. Occasionally muscle relaxants, biofeedback. Xrays are done for diagnosis. Surgery usually reserved for serious symptoms not responsive to other treatments. ...Read more

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What's better to get fluid out of ears, antihistamine or sudafed?

What's better to get fluid out of ears, antihistamine or sudafed?

Both: Often combined in same pill. A nasal cortisone spray can be added and is often the most effective. Fluticasone, etc, are now generic, OTC, and about $20. ...Read more

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Dear sir, my wife is suffering from noise in the year, she is taking anti biotic and antihistamine and using nasal drop but till now her ears are dull?

Dear sir, my wife is suffering from noise in the year, she is taking anti biotic and antihistamine and using nasal drop but till now her ears are dull?

Tinnitus?: Your wife may have an ear disorder called tinnitus. It can cause ringing or buzzing in the ears. Her doc can examine her and refer her to a specialist if needed. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I have fluid in my ear which is causing dizziness. Which is better a decongestant or an antihistamine?

I have fluid in my ear which is causing dizziness. Which is better a decongestant or an antihistamine?

Decongestant: A pseudoephedrine may help with fluid in the middle ear.
Antihistamines like Meclizine have been used for vertigo but are thought to exert their effect through sedation rather than specifically treating the dizziness. ...Read more

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I've had allergic rhinitis for years but was only diagnosed beginning of last year by ENT. I constantly have blocked ears & antihistamines not helping?

Rhinitis: Go back to ENT. Have nasopharyngoscopy, audiogram, tympanograms. Antihistamines generally do not help relieve eustachian tube swelling. Some patients respond to short course of prednisone. Some patients have responded to daily flonase nasal. Inflation. Get HEPA filter system. Could try nasal irrigation therapy. Could see allergist for workup and potential desensitization shots ...Read more

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Very dry sinuses, breath freely, fluid in inner ear for months, been dizzy and light headed for 3 days, afraid Antihistamine will dry up even more?

Very dry sinuses, breath freely, fluid in inner ear for months, been dizzy and light headed for 3 days, afraid Antihistamine will dry up even more?

True: Given also that you are dizzy and lightheaded, not a good idea to use an antihistamine, but you need to check your blood pressure. Saline nasal washes would help for now, probably nasal steroids as well, but ultimately you need to see your doctor / ENT specialist, good luck ...Read more

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What can I take for congested nose and ears with blocked eustachian tubes. Its been 6 weeks and I can't take decongestants n I've tried antihistamine?

What can I take for congested nose and ears with blocked eustachian tubes. Its been 6 weeks and I can't take decongestants n I've tried antihistamine?

See your doctor: In the interim, use saline nasal wash liberally, understand that you can't take decongestants for a reason or another, you might be prescribed something locally like intranasal steroid spray, also you might need an antibiotic, check with your doctor, goodluck ...Read more

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What's better to get rid of fluid in ear, antihistamine or decongestant? Tried nasal sprays but they don't work and seem to make me dizzy

Decongestants: Fluid in the middle ear is more common in children but can happen sometime in adults. It is usually due to drainage problem in Eustachian tube and Decongestants oral or Steroid nasal drops will help clear it,
In children it does clears up in most cases and if persists and causing Hearing loss sometimes we put tubes in the drum to drain the fluid
Some will recommend Antihistamines if there is allerg ...Read more

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Random sharp ear pain?

Neuritic pain: Sharp stabbing pain in the ear is rarely the result of ear infection which is persistent pain associated with hearing loss. Two possible reasons could be firing off of nerves that innervate the region of the ear (trigeminal neuralgia) or the pain may be arising from structures around the ear as the jaw joint or the muscles of mastication. ...Read more

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What can cause ear pain?

What can cause ear pain?

Ear vs TMJ: Most common cause of ear pain is infection. Can be other ear problems. Most common cause of ear pain not due to ear is jaw joint (TMJ) problem. See ENT doc. If negative for ear pain, have oral surgeon examine jaw joint. If positive, see TMJ expert. Get referral from oral surgeon ...Read more

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How can I address ear pain?

First find out cause: "ear pain" is a tricky problem as more often than not it is not from the ear. The most common cause of "ear pain" is from the jaw joint. If you have no hearing loss and no ear fullness chances are it is your jaw and jaw precautions can help. An ENT doctor can look in your ear and tell whether the ear is or is not the problem. Beware doctors treating an ear they say that "looks a little red". ...Read more

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What can I do I have ear pain?

What can I do I have ear pain?

Exam: You could take Tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen and use a warm compress along your jaw. See you doctor for an exam and further treatment. All the best. ...Read more

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What could cause chronic ear pain?

What could cause chronic ear pain?

Tough problem: Chronic ear pain tends to be a frustrating problem as it is difficult to diagnose and management strategies do involve trial and error method at times. Temporomandibular disorders often cause chronic ear pain. Other causes include inflammation of the jaw joint/s, headache disorders, salivary gland disease, and ear infections. Some medical illnesses can also exhibit ear pain. ...Read more

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Possible causes of chronic ear pain?

Possible causes of chronic ear pain?

Ear Pain: Infections (internal and external), ear wax, throat infections, vascular issues, TMJ problems, dental infections, salivary gland problems and numerous other diagnoses can be involved. See your doctor who may refer you to an ENT specialist in some cases. ...Read more

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How to escape ear pain after flying?

Gum: The pressure in the cabin may cause any fluid in the ear tubes to plug them creating pain and pressure in the ear. THe best is to use decongestants if plugged up then on take off and lading chew gum it promoted swallowing and helps open the tubules ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have ear pain?

Several causes: Ear pain can develop from inflammation of the ear canal skin, from a middle ear infection, TMJ inflammation or even from problems affecting sites far from the ear such as the throat. Most commonly, ear pain is due to an ear infection- either in the middle ear or ear canal. If these areas area normal, then the hunt for the source of the pain can be complex but needs to be complete. ...Read more