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What does it mean if whenever I clean my ear with ear buds my ear blocks up?

What does it mean if whenever I clean my ear with ear buds my ear blocks up?

More likely than not: You have EAR WAX (Cerumen) blockage,
You need to irrigate with warm water. A lot of people like to use an ear wax softener before the irrigation. MURINE (the eye drop folks) make one and there are others ("Ceruminex" etc etc)
Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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I had flu, now my ears block noise hole time, I have yellow sputum, will my ears get beter I can't here well?

I had flu, now my ears block noise hole time, I have yellow sputum, will my ears get beter I can't here well?

Ear infection.: The symptoms you are describing are consistent with a middle ear infection. The yellow sputum can be viral or bacterial. Hearing loss may be due to fluid in the middle ear. In short, see an ENT doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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My left ear blocks when I lay down at night and then unblocks when I wake up. It just started 3 days ago. Last year I had ETD in that ear. The only thing I did differently recently is take a Claritin. If it’s ETD again can Claritin make it worse?

My left ear blocks when I lay down at night and then unblocks when I wake up. It just started 3 days ago. Last year I had ETD in that ear. The only thing I did differently recently is take a Claritin. If it’s ETD again can Claritin make it worse?

No: Clartin will not hurt but will not help either. If your left ear is block only at night, I suspect that the problem is not from your ear but from your jaw particularly if you clench or grind your teeth during sleep. Consult your dentist. ...Read more

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Why do ears block up in pregnancy? No infection, no wax thanks

Why do ears block up in pregnancy? No infection, no wax thanks

Plasma volume during: Pregnancy increases. This can mean a sensation of swelling in many different areas of the body including the ear canal. Usually stabilizes at 26 weeks. ...Read more

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Ears block and pain (stabbing) tryed nasal sprays and predisone, not work my ENT says I have nonallergic rhinitis and now I have ETD what options?

Ears block and pain (stabbing) tryed nasal sprays and predisone, not work my ENT says I have nonallergic rhinitis and now I have ETD what options?

Teeth grinding?: If you do not have nasal congestion and the ear pain is not a throbbing one, I suspect that you may be grinding your teeth at night. See a dentist. The lack of response to prednisone and nasal spray is against nasal congestion as the cause. ...Read more

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For the past week I've had a terribly sore throat, headaches and a cold. Is an ear block one of the symptoms?

For the past week I've had a terribly sore throat, headaches and a cold. Is an ear block one of the symptoms?

Could be...: "blocked" or "plugged ears" are quite common with colds and upper respiratory infections. Your eustacian tubes usually drain and ventilate your middle ear. These can get blocked up and swell just like the lining of your nose when you have a cold, and then your ear can feel blocked like when you fly/change altitude. Try chewing gum, "pop" your ears and get lots of fluids and humidity. ...Read more

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Ears block up, nose blocked, short of breath, dry mouth and started when I had burning at bottom of throat when breathing.

Ears block up, nose blocked, short of breath, dry mouth and started when I had burning at bottom of throat when breathing.

URI: It sounds as though you have a upper respiratory tract infection. These can last anywhere from a couple of days to over a week. If you start running fevers, the symptoms get worse or you are unable to hydrate yourself, you should contact your doctor. ...Read more

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I am on vacations and when I enter the pool my ear got block. I don't hear anything. What can I do?

I am on vacations and when I enter the pool my ear got block. I don't hear anything. What can I do?

That depends..: If you have cerumen build up (Wax), that may cause these issues, and the pressure gradient of the water against the wax causes the issues to accentuate. Inner ear congestion can act the same way. Try a decongestant or ear wax removal drop if that is the issue. See the Dr. If not better, and you would most likely benefit from ear plugs use in the future when swimming. ...Read more

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Ent and audiologist say ears are fine but I can't clear them when I fly. Worse on descent. Ent says tmj. Can TMJ cause ears to block when flying?

Ent and audiologist say ears are fine but I can't clear them when I fly. Worse on descent. Ent says tmj. Can TMJ cause ears to block when flying?

Unlikely TMJ: Ear symptoms can occur with TMJ problems, but the blocked ears with flying is eustachan tube dysfunction. Get another ENT opinion. ...Read more

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My ear is block for a week now. I'm pretty sure that it is not because of wax. My working schdeule is odd, may this be the cause that I'm exhausted?

My ear is block for a week now. I'm pretty sure that it is not because of wax. My working schdeule is odd, may this be the cause that I'm exhausted?

Eustachian tube: The eustachian tube may be narrowed because allergy, infection or other problem. This can result in a feeling of ear pressure and may also cause fluid buildup and decreased hearing. You may want to see your physician if determine if treatment is necessary ...Read more

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I've had a funny cold now for a few days and it's the middle of summer green thick mucus in the nose and cough and my ears feel block how can I relive?

I've had a funny cold now for a few days and it's the middle of summer green thick mucus in the nose and cough and my ears feel block how can I relive?

URI: Viral upper respiratory tract infections generally run their course in 7 to 10 days. If symptoms persist beyond that a bacterial sinus and/or bronchial infection may be present that require antibiotic therapy. Until then irrigate your nasal passages with warm salt water to promote drainage and, if necessary, use a decongestant nasal spray for only a short time. A mild cough suppressant syrup helps. ...Read more

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My ear is block since 24h after taken a plane! Can I take tylenol for cold, cough, flu since I already taken reactine 24h yesterday at 10 pm or what I do?

My ear is block since 24h after taken a plane! Can I take tylenol for cold, cough, flu since I already taken reactine 24h yesterday at 10 pm or what I do?

Yes, you can: Unless contraindicated, also try saline nasal washes and salt water gargles, you most probably have Eustachian tube (s) dysfunction, the tubes connecting the middle ears to the throat, . if no improvement see you doctor, good luck ...Read more

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Have deviated septum, I get alot sinus infection, but recently getting swollen feeling and block ears in both ears, take sprays never had ear problem, when I had sinus infection so what does this mean and what shall I do?

Have deviated septum, I get alot sinus infection, but recently getting swollen feeling and block ears in both ears, take sprays never had ear problem, when I had sinus infection so what does this mean and what shall I do?

See an ENT: See an ENT to get a good history and exam including a fiberoptic nasal endoscopy. You may need a CT scan of your sinuses. Allergy testing might be warranted. Then, you can sit down with the doctor and go over your options of medications, allergy immunotherapy, and possibly surgery. ...Read more

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Why when I blow my nose my sinuses block my ear passage when I'm sick?

Why when I blow my nose my sinuses block my ear passage when I'm sick?

Eustachian Tube: The eustachian tube is also involved in your illness. When you blow your nose you force air and mucous up that tube. The inflammation from that causes the food to not function well, it closes or becomes closed. ...Read more

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I have a block right ear, it does not feel like a ear infection, what should I do to fix this, thanks?

I have a block right ear, it does not feel like a ear infection, what should I do to fix this, thanks?

Blocked ear: A feeling of blocked ear could be from a nasal congestion that block the opening of the Eustachian tube (tube that leads from the middle ear to the back of the throat) or from ear wax impaction. A doctor's visit will help determine which it is and what to do about it. ...Read more

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I used some cotton balls to block my ears b/c went to an event with loud DJ music. The cotton balls were in a plastic bag. It was placed on a table which wasn't clean. Can cotton balls get contaminated&cause infection to my ears? Have felt pain in ears.

I used some cotton balls to block my ears b/c went to an event with loud DJ music. The cotton balls were in a plastic bag. It was placed on a table which wasn't clean. Can cotton balls get contaminated&cause infection to my ears? Have felt pain in ears.

Doubtful: I wouldn't think so. I wonder if you may have pushed some cerumen back toward the tympanic membrane, in the process of using these cotton balls. Sometimes trauma can cause external otitis but I wouldn't expect this from using cotton balls. ...Read more

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I'm 19 years old and I get my left side nose running every morning and it blocks my ears tell the point I hear my self breathing in my ears loudly?

Post-nasal drip: Thick post-nasal drip that is causing problems with the eustachian tubes should probably be evaluated. Sinusitis should be ruled out. Sleeping with your head elevated a bit might help keep the drainage away from your eustachian tubes. ...Read more

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I think I have an ear infection. My right ear feels like there is water in it and blocks my ear. My haring is reduced and it is very sore? What's wrong

I think I have an ear infection. My right ear feels like there is water in it and blocks my ear. My haring is reduced and it is very sore? What's wrong

Outer ear infection?: It sounds like an infection of the ear canal. See your doctor to get checked. Youwill need ear drops and possibly an oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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Now whenever I burp the inside of my left ear pulses with my heart beat and it feels like each pulse blocks the ear it's weird and uncomfortable kinda?

Now whenever I burp the inside of my left ear pulses with my heart beat and it feels like each pulse blocks the ear it's weird and uncomfortable kinda?

Ear plug: The feeling that you have is likely due to hypersensitivity of the ear sensation due to ear plug, or eustachian tube dysfunction. It is seen often in patient with chronic nasal congestion due to any causes. The majority of chronic congestion in young population like you is environmental allergy related. ...Read more

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I take nasal spray lying down before sleep then I sleep on my left side can nasal spray block the ear canal/eustachian tube thanks?

I take nasal spray lying down before sleep then I sleep on my left side can nasal spray block the ear canal/eustachian tube thanks?

Doubtful: It would be highly unlikely. But the nasal spray is designed to be used when you are in an upright position and thus I would not recommend using it lying down since it will likely be less effective. ...Read more

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How to deal with constantly blocked ears?

Depends on cause: Is it wax? Get it removed. Is it fluid behind the ear drum? Get it checked out. I think you need to have somebody examine the cause first. ...Read more

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What is the best way to clear blocked ears?

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What is the best way to clear blocked ears?

Blocked ear: See an ENT doctor to diagnose the cause. It can be cerumen, eustachain tube dysfunction or middle ear effusion. ...Read more

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My ears are blocked due to a cold what should I do?

My ears are blocked due to a cold what should I do?

Time: You have a viral infection involving the back of the nose and Eustachian tube. Try an oral decongestant and an OTC nasal spray (only for three days). Please do not take an antibiotic. If the symptoms persist for more than 3 weeks, see an ENT doctor. The problem should resolve in about 2-3 weeks. ...Read more