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In the mornings which ever side im sleeping on and that side will be blocked, ear and nose. Constantly have a sicky headache with it and eye my droops?

In the mornings which ever side im sleeping on and that side will be blocked, ear and nose. Constantly have a sicky headache with it and eye my droops?

Dependent Congestion: Greetings. The congestion in your nose and ear is related to normal nasal physiology. The structures in your nose called turbinates will swell with blood. Since you are lying down, more blood will be in your nose since you are laying not standing. Gravity will cause the downward side of your nose and ear to have more blood thus causing more blockage. It's like the sand in an hour glass. ...Read more

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Ear Fullness (Definition)

Ear fullness is a sense of pressure in the ears which may occur due to Eustachian tube dysfunction or if the Eustachian tube does not open with activities such ...Read more


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My right ear feels clogged up not sure what's causing it. It is not painful it's just super uncomfortable and my head feels heavy on the right side. Every time I pull my skin like when I tie my hair up it gets blocked. Could you tell me what's causing it

My right ear feels clogged up not sure what's causing it. It is not painful it's just super uncomfortable and my head feels heavy on the right side. Every time I pull my skin like when I tie my hair up it gets blocked. Could you tell me what's causing it

Otoscope!: The easiest way to figure this one out is have someone look in your ear with an otoscope. It's most likely wax build up or fluid trapped behind your eardrum. If you're not in pain, it's not likely to be an infection. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Having left ear pain, ear fullness, dizziness, a litle fluid in morning. Went to pcp and ENT and said no ear infection. Are they wrong? Been 2-3 weeks.

Having left ear pain, ear fullness, dizziness, a litle fluid in morning. Went to pcp and ENT and said no ear infection. Are they wrong? Been 2-3 weeks.

NO OTITIS: When you are having colds, the secretion travels to the eustachian tubes to the ears causing obstruction and pain. Sometimes the infection is in the throat instead of the ears. ...Read more

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How to clear a blocked ear due to cold.

How to clear a blocked ear due to cold.

Decongestants: Otc decongestants useful. Afrin nasal spray effective but should not be used for more than day or two to avoid rebound swelling that requires closer and closer doses, which become excessive. ...Read more

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Badly blocked ear after fight, what to do?

Badly blocked ear after fight, what to do?

ET dysfunction: Common ET tube dysfunction after flight. It will spontaneously go away. Try swallowing. Try swallowing while holding nostrils together. ...Read more

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I have a blocked ear full if wax what should I do?

I have a blocked ear full if wax what should I do?

Go to the Doctor: If you have already tried the over the counter ear wax removal drops and bulb syringe available at the drug store then the next step is to get a doctor to clean out the canal. ...Read more

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What causes a blocked ear?

What causes a blocked ear?

Eustacian Tube: You may have some form of eustacian tube dysfuction which drains the ear into the nose. Allergy, infection and other causes may result in blockage of the drainage system and fluid pressure is noted with a painful ear. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a blocked ear to go away?

How long is it supposed to it take for a blocked ear to go away?

It depends: It depends on the cause and what you are doing about it. It you are doing nothing, then the problems may continue indefinitely. See an ENT doctor and determine the cause if it is a major issue. ...Read more

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Docs, could a blocked ear make you sick?

Depends: A blocked ear can be the result of several disorders; not all would make you sick. Impacted wax should not make you sick. However, a middle ear infection is always secondary to disease (infection, viral or bacterial) in the back of the nose and that would make you sick. If you have a hearing loss associated with this blockage you need to see a physician, preferably an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Had a cold now right blocked ear. How can I unblock it please.

Had a cold now right blocked ear. How can I unblock it please.

Try OTC: Nasal decongestant sprays, oral decongestants and antihistamines. Make sure you stay well hydrated and use vaporizer. And don't blow your nose too hard, because that can cause middle ear infections. If it persists for more than 5-7 days, consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Help! I'm having symptoms of blocked ear for a week from sinusitis?

Help! I'm having symptoms of blocked ear for a week from sinusitis?

2 separate problems: Although the blocked ear and sinusitis may be caused by the same virus, the 2 problems are separate and not causing each other. Rather, most likely the virus is causing nasal obstruction leading to sinusitis and the same virus may be causing Eustachian tube obstruction leading to the blocked ear. I would advise seeing an ENT doctor for help. ...Read more

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Blocked ear after scuba diving?

Could be: Perforated ear drum, resulting from barotrauma or just simple water in ear canal. If it persists more than a few days, you need to see a doctor or ear exam. ...Read more

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Help pleaaaaaaaaseee! Blocked ear and tinnitus?

Help pleaaaaaaaaseee! Blocked ear and tinnitus?

Blocked ear: This is potentially serious. It can be due to minor things like wax. It can be also be due to sudden loss of nerve function which requires immediate steroid treatment and MRI scan. It can also be due to middle ear fluid (infectious and non-infectious). Even tumors in the brain or throat can rarely cause this. You need to be checked right away-preferably ent. ...Read more

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Is it safe to fly with one blocked ear?

Is it safe to fly with one blocked ear?

It is not: A good idea to fly when your Eustachian tube is blocked. You will have pain because your ear cannot equalize the air pressures on the two sides of the eardrum, when the ambient air pressure changes during the flight. Use antihistamines and nasal sprays to get rid of blockage before your flight. ...Read more

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Had a cold, blew nose too hard, have a blocked ear for days, how do I unblock please?

Had a cold, blew nose too hard, have a blocked ear for days, how do I unblock please?

Valsalva maneuver: Pinch both nostrils and then blow out through nose with closed lips. It should open up blocked ear. If this makes ear hurt, you need to see MD ...Read more

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Can blocked ear or ears cause a voice change or horseness?

Family practice: Voice change or hoarseness has to do with swelling around your vocal cords. Ears that are plugged maybe caused by fluid from inflation or just wax build up. Your dr could let you know if it persists. ...Read more

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My left ear feels blocked and I'm very lightheaded could the blocked ear be the reason I'm lightheaded? How do I unblock it?

My left ear feels blocked and I'm very lightheaded could the blocked ear be the reason I'm lightheaded? How do I unblock it?

No: Light headedness is not a symptom of middle or inner ear disease. Vertigo (spinning) is. Light headedness is multifaceted and can be the result of blood pressure problems or metabolic diseases. The left ear blockage is independent and may be due to wax, middle ear fluid.
You can not unblock an ear without a diagnosis. Strongly urge you to see an ENT doctor to give a correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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Was was I given beclomethasone nasal spray for a blocked ear?

Decongest: To try to decongest the mucous membranes in your nose. Your eustachian tube is the tube you pop your ear with. It connects to the back of the nose. So in some cases, reducing inflammation in the nose can help the eustachian tube pop the ear. ...Read more

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For 1 week I feel exhausted and I had a blocked ear but doctor said it's only ear wax. What could it be?

For 1 week I feel exhausted and I had a blocked ear but doctor said it's only ear wax. What could it be?

Wax or other issues: If you had a viral syndrome (cold), last week, it is possible that your eustachian tube has swollen causing a sense of pressure or congestion in your ear. In some cases, there can be fluid in the middle ear. If the doctor cleaned out the ear wax and you still have blockage, then you should try decongestants and mucolytics like mucinex (guaifenesin). Also, consider an ENT evaluation to check out your problem. ...Read more

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Can I use 6% hydrogen peroxide to clean blocked ear?

Can I use 6% hydrogen peroxide to clean blocked ear?

Would dilute it 50%: And use 3% hydrogen peroxide. It is less irritating on tissues. ...Read more

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How long after ears become completely blocked (due to cold) does fluid begin to build up? Can hearing loss be permanent? Could the eardrum burst?

How long after ears become completely blocked (due to cold) does fluid begin to build up? Can hearing loss be permanent? Could the eardrum burst?

Variable. No. Rare: Depends on the course of your disease. Sometimes no fluid builds up. Hearing loss is temporary. Eardrum would only burst if you developed pus in the middle ear and pressure built up. Rare.
Use OTC decongestants. Ask your MD about antibiotics. If no improvement, see ENT doc. ...Read more

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Have had a blocked ear for 3 weeks and have been coughing for around 2 weeks. Dr. Said it was allergies. Should I return to dr. Now (2 weeks later)?

Have had a blocked ear for 3 weeks and have been coughing for around 2 weeks. Dr. Said it was allergies. Should I return to dr. Now (2 weeks later)?

Allergies: Nasal allergies can trigger the symptoms you described. If they are not controlled, you will have recurrent symptoms. I assume your doctor gave you medications that you are still taking? If they are not working you need to see your doctor again or consult an allergist about them. ...Read more

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I have severe pain in jaw, hot cheek and now blocked ear?

I have severe pain in jaw, hot cheek and now blocked ear?

Need exam: You need to be examined to determine the cause. See ENT doc or oral surgeon ASAP. ...Read more

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Blocked ear for a week from sinus infection - taking amoxicillin but not clearing up??

Antibiotics help: To improve the sinus infection, but it does not do much to clear the fluid behind your ear or the mucus/ phlegm built up in the sinuses. Those your body gets rid of on its own... and often taking its time doing so. You can try some pseudoephedrine (anti-congestion medicine) or antihistamine, but the truth is there is no quick fix for fluid buildup. Thanks for trusting HealthTap. ...Read more

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Dr. Says these have something in common. What is it? L.L. Abd. Tenderness, esr29mm, proteinuria, blocked ear, low bck pain, edema. Have it 4months.

Dr. Says these have something in common. What is it? L.L. Abd. Tenderness, esr29mm, proteinuria, blocked ear, low bck pain, edema. Have it 4months.

GPA or Wegener's: Your doctor says these have something in common but he hasn't told you? Interesting. You can get upper and lower respiratory symptoms (serous otitis media or your blocked ear), abdominal pain, nephrotitic syndrome (lots of proteinuria, edema, etc) from a condition called granulomatosis with polyangiitis (previously known as wegner's granulomatosis). But I don't think you have this. Test with anca. ...Read more

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Been given beclomethasone nasal spray for blocked ear, why is that?

Been given beclomethasone nasal spray for blocked ear, why is that?

Eustachian tube: A poorly functioning eustachian tube can cause the ear to feel plugged. Some providers believe that a nasal steroid spray may improve eustachian tube function by reducing swelling in the nasal cavity. This has not been proven in studies but can be tried especially if you have significant allergy symptoms. ...Read more

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Can chronic rhinitis cause a blocked ear? How should it be treated if usual sprays are ineffective?

Can chronic rhinitis cause a blocked ear? How should it be treated if usual sprays are ineffective?

Yes: Since the inner ear tube (eustachean tube) opens into the nasal cavity, swelling in the nasal area will block the opening of this tube. Frequency a nasal steroid +/- antihistamine would help open it provided it is used correctly (aiming towards the outside and not the center of the nose). Oral decongestant may also help. See you doctor if the problem persists. ...Read more

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What can I do for my blocked ear. My wax build up is a bit much. I need a home remedy. Do you have one?

What can I do for my blocked ear. My wax build up is a bit much. I need a home remedy. Do you have one?

Peroxide then flush: Generally it helps to use hydrogen peroxide to soften the wax and use a bulb syringe or waterpik to then flush it out. See http://www. Myhomeremedies. Com/topic. Cgi? Topicid=2153 for details. If the wax build-up is too much it may be beyond your ability to deal with at home and might require a doctor's visit to clear it out. ...Read more