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Can congestion and being phlegmy from dairy cause ear infections? Can congestion and runny nose cause ear infections? A family member gets phlegmy from dairy. A family member smokes in the vehicle. The child has had several ear infections and is always co

Can congestion and being phlegmy from dairy cause ear infections? Can congestion and runny nose cause ear infections? A family member gets phlegmy from dairy. A family member smokes in the vehicle. The child has had several ear infections and is always co

dairy no, smoke yes: Dairy is not associated with ear infections. Smoke exposure is associated with more frequent ear infections and asthma in children. I encourage you to have all adults in your child's life quit smoking. Even if they smoke outside the home, the toxic subtances are absorbed into their skin, hair and clothes an put children at risk. ...Read more

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Does dairy in formula increase the frequency of ear infections and congestion?

Does dairy in formula increase the frequency of ear infections and congestion?

No: Dairy (particularly cold milk or ice cream) is a mucogenic (mucus producing food), but typically this is a fairly mild effect and does not result in increased ear infections, although it may result in some temporary congestion. This mucus producing response may be more pronounced in some patients and can be mistaken for a milk allergy. ...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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Could you tell me why my inner ear is full of congestion?

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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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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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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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

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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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Could an ear infection be the cause of locking jaw, congestion, and a toothache?

Could an ear infection be the cause of locking jaw, congestion, and a toothache?

Tmd or tmj dysfuncti: Tmj dysfunction can often manifest in similar ways . The symptoms can include an itchy feeling in the ear to painful symptoms in the ear due to clenching and or grinding. The large muscle in front of the ear that is responsible for chewing and clenching can become tender due to overuse. If you touch the muscle body it can be painful and may radiate into the jaw or temples. Locking can occur. ...Read more

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I'm having congestion, sore throat and ear pain. What could this be!

I'm having congestion, sore throat and ear pain.  What could this be!

Cold: Those are all common symptoms of a cold that is usually caused by a virus. The only otc medication in studies to help with the common cold has been zinc lozenges if taken early enough. Other people report good sucess with high doses of vitamin c, but that has not been substantiated in studies. ...Read more

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How do you relieve sinus congestion and ear fullness?

How do you relieve sinus congestion and ear fullness?

Try nasal steroid: The ear plugging is likely from the nasal congestion and nasal steroid is likely the most effective in relieving the nasal stuffiness even though it may take a few days. If problem persists, see allergist. ...Read more

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Whats better for fluid in the ears, Claritin (loratadine) or Advil congestion relief?

Whats better for fluid in the ears, Claritin (loratadine) or Advil congestion relief?

Decongestant: Advil (ibuprofen) won't do anything but decongestant possibly. If this has been present for more than a week , you need to see your doctor to make sure that the ears do drain to avoid permanent hearing loss. ...Read more

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What over-the-counter medication should I use for ear pain due to congestion (liguid in the ear)?

Nasal blockage: Try a nettie pot first. You are alreadt taking an otc antihistamine with decongestent. Avoid neosynephrine (phenylephrine) or afrin. They can cause rebound swelling, overusage and dependence. If it doesn't clear quickly seek medical treatment because this can lead to permenent problems including balance and loss of hearing. ...Read more

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Will prednisone help relieve ear congestion/fullness? And how long will it take to work? (20mg 2x/day for 5 days)

Will prednisone help relieve ear congestion/fullness? And how long will it take to work? (20mg 2x/day for 5 days)

It may....: "ear congestion" often is the result of malfunctioning of the eustachian tube--a tiny little tube connecting your inner ear area to the back/side of your throat/mouth. The the tube is functioning normally, you don't have the "congestion feel in ear" when this tube is blocked i.e. Cold/allergies, it affects drainage and hence affects middle ear. Prednisone may help. If worse, call doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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My left ear hasn't equalized since yesterday, is that bad? I drove from an elevation of 10, 200ft to 4400ft, and with sinus congestion for past week.

No usually: This may be from barotrauma due to change in altitude not unlikely what one often experiences with the plane descending. In most cases, it would resolve in less than 2 weeks. However you need to get something to decongest your nose but do not use otc decongestant spray for more than 5 days maximum. This may well hasten your recovery. ...Read more

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I have right ear congestion (fullness)with tunnitus for 12 days that started as a short lasting ear ache, at the end of a 3 week cold. ?

I have right ear congestion (fullness)with tunnitus for 12 days that started as a short lasting ear ache, at the end of a 3 week cold. ?

Eustachian tube: ET dysfunction from a cold can create ear congestion or a middle ear fluid problem that can cause temporary hearing loss and/or tinnitus . It usually will respond to medications that decongest such as topical nasal decongestants like Afrin or Neosynephrine; oral decongestants like Sudafed; and topical nasal steroids like Flonase, Nasacort, and Rhinocort, all of which are OTC. See MD if persists. ...Read more

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Dr. Phil Zapanta
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