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Clearing Your Ears
No: There are small calcium crystals inside of the inner ear located behind the eardrum called otoliths. These crystals can become dislodged, and every time you turn your head, the crystals shift causing momentary dizziness: a condition known as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. These crystals shift with movement and can clump together but do not per se "plug" up the ear canal. ...Read more
Plugged ears: This is a great question and it really addresses the normal anatomy of the nose and ears. The middle ear and nose are directly connected by way of a tube called the eustachian tube. When you blow your nose, air is forced into the nose and up the eustachian tube. This will cause an increase in pressure in the middle ear, which will quickly dissipate with swallowing. ...Read more
Numbness left side of face for 7 months ent said ear clear..my ear make cracking sound and it all started with blocked ear with wax.
See your doctor.: Doctors can help by providing adequate treatment, usually antibiotics if there is an infection. If it's multiple infections you might get referral for ENT specialist. Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen are adequate OTCs for pain control. If not feeling better, see doc to get stronger pain controlling medications and further curative treatment. As infection improves, ringing should decrease. ...Read more
Stop using q-tips: The throat pain is likely referred pain from the ear irritation. No q-tips in the ears please! to clean your ears let soap and water flood your ears in the shower, then tilt your head and let it run out. Also the over the counter ear was kits available at the pharmacy are good. If you already have a wax plug a doctor will need to remove it. ...Read more
I have ringing in ears, ear fullness and nasal drainage. On Flonase and Cipro, what else can I take to clear mucus and unblock ears?
Ear fullness ringing: I sometimes add ear drops like cortisporin to decrease the ear fullness as it contains steroids. I also add an antihistamine ( like Zyrtec) as it decreases the inflammatory process. Sometimes I use Astelin /astepro a nasal antihistamine spray in lieu of Flonase. Elevating head of bed and treating GERD , if presen,t w/ Zantac may help as GERD can exacerbate inflammation. f/u/ w/ doc ...Read more
Anatomy: As you have been told in plain and patient english this is an impossible scenario. There is absolutely no way for this proposed scenario to be real or possible. It is not possible. That is 100% accurate. Given your age and this concern I am very worried about your mental health. I think you may need to be seen urgently by your family doctor or by a psychiatrist. ...Read more
Can saline nasal spray make Eustachian Tube Dysfunction worse?. Do you spray it towards your ears like you do for The Eustachian tube?
Woke up morning and hard hearing 1 ear. Doc said ear infection and gave antibiotics. Ringing now in ears constantly. Getting better?will ringing leave
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