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Do ear crystals plug your ears up?

Do ear crystals plug your ears up?

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

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Equalizing ears by plugging nose and blowing. Does this work?

Equalizing ears by plugging nose and blowing. Does this work?

Valsalva maneuver: It can work however it your eustachian tube is blocked due to swelling or mucus then you might be unable to "clear" your ear (s). ...Read more

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Ask an ENT will plugging nose and blowing damage my ears?

Ask an ENT will plugging nose and blowing damage my ears?

Not likely: While I have heard one person tell me they popped their ear drum by blowing so hard, i think it is perfectly safe to do so. In fact i recommend it to at least a few patients everyday if their own eustachian tunes are plugged. ...Read more

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Is clearing your throat bad for your throat?

Is clearing your throat bad for your throat?

Possibly: If this is 3-4 times a minute-something is going on.If 3-4 times a day-no worries. ...Read more

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Why does blowing your nose cause plugged ears?

Why does blowing your nose cause plugged ears?

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

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What doctor checks ears , nose and throat?

What doctor checks ears , nose and throat?

ENT: Most doctors will check these for you. A primary care doc sees a lot of ears, noses and throats, but the person who specializes in that ares is an ear nose and throat doctor. Commonly called ENT for short or otolaryngologist on more formal occasions. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Unrelated : The facial numbness could be due to facial nerve problem, ear wax and cracking sound in your ear is an external and middle ears problems, not directly related to the numbness that you have. You may want to see a neurologist for a second opnion, good luck ...Read more

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My ears get plugged with buzzing sound intermittently? Help.

My ears get plugged with buzzing sound intermittently?  Help.

Eustachian tube: If you can take a decongestant such as sudafed, that may help your problem. If not see your physician for what may be safe for you. OTC nasal steroid spray may help also such as Nasocort AQ. ...Read more

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Ears ringing with ear infection, what to do?

Ears ringing with ear infection, what to do?

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

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Ears and throat hurt after cleaning ears with qtip?

Ears and throat hurt after cleaning ears with qtip?

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

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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

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What to do if ears ringing with ear infection?

See a doctor: You should be o antibiotics for ear infection.A follow up with a doctor if ears are ringing is advised ...Read more

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Can holding your nose and blowing to unblock ears cause heart damage?

Can holding your nose and blowing to unblock ears cause heart damage?

See below: You increase intracranial pressure - you can cause a blood vessel in your brain to rupture. Rather than doing that, try yawning - perhaps repeatedly. It cane equalize the pressure in your ears. ...Read more

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Can fluid wash a bug behind your ear drum?

Can fluid wash a bug behind your ear drum?

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

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What kind of instrument does the ears nose and throat doctor use to look at your ears?

What kind of instrument does the ears nose and throat doctor use to look at your ears?

Many things: The ENT may use: 1. Otoscope (handheld scope) 2. Microscope 3. Small endoscope (this is a newer use of endoscopic technology 4. Indirectly specific hearing tests may be helpful 5. Radiographic imaging such as mris and ct scans. ...Read more

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Can saline nasal spray make Eustachian Tube Dysfunction worse?. Do you spray it towards your ears like you do for The Eustachian tube?

Can saline nasal spray make Eustachian Tube Dysfunction worse?.  Do you spray it towards your ears like you do for The Eustachian tube?

No, and yes: Saline nasal spray would help in Eustachian Tube Dysfunction, and yes you spray it inside your nose pointing towards your ears to irrigate the whole nasal cavity and reach the throat where the Eustachian tube opening is located ...Read more