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Why do my head and ears feel stuffy when it's cloudy/rainy?

Why do my head and ears feel stuffy when it's cloudy/rainy?

Possible allergies: Changes in the atmosphere or barometric changes can trigger allergies. Time to get examined and tested for same. ...Read more

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Why do my ears feel stuffy and clogged?

Why do my ears feel stuffy and clogged?

Stuffy, clogged ears: It is not uncommon for ears to feel stuffy and clogged when allergies flare up, when you experience a change in altitude or during the course of a cold. Sometimes this can happen as an ear infection evolves. This is from dysfunction of the eustachian tube.
Treatment does not always lead to immediate resolution, and can include antihistamines, nasal antinflammatories, and oral steroids. ...Read more

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My right ear feels stuffy and there is a very very slight ringing (when one is alone in a quiet room) and it only goes away after I take a shower?

My right ear feels stuffy and there is a very very slight ringing (when one is alone in a quiet room) and it only goes away after I take a shower?

Ear stuffy: This is likely Eustachian tube dysfunction. Congestion plugs the tube, or it is naturally narrow, and opening it or "popping" the ears may make it go away. Practice gently popping your ears through the day and it might go away. Get it checked if it gets worse. ...Read more

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Ear feels stuffy and is ringing, loud noises bother it although it feels hard to hear decongestant and netti pot did not help?

Ear feels stuffy and is ringing, loud noises bother it although it feels hard to hear decongestant and netti pot did not help?

Ear issues: Hello, it sounds like it is time to see your ENT doctor. A careful exam and audiogram with a tympanogram will help identify your issues and point to a solution. Good luck. ...Read more

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What to do if I have had a stuffy nose for about three weeks. When I blow nothing comes out. My ears feel stuffy too?

What to do if I have had a stuffy nose for about three weeks. When I blow nothing comes out. My ears feel stuffy too?

Blocked nose: There are several causes of nasal obstruction including congestion from allergies and anatomical issues, too. The only way to tell the cause is to have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist, ...Read more

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My ear feels stuffy, hurts, I feel dizzy, and has a ringing noise. I put peroxide in my ear and now it feels like it is stuck. What should I do?

My ear feels stuffy, hurts, I feel dizzy, and has a ringing noise. I put peroxide in my ear and now it feels like it is stuck. What should I do?

Get medical exam.: Wax normally swells with fluid in ear. Peroxide turns to water as it bubbles and becomes water with loss of hydrogen. Thus you are adding water to ear canal and setting up blockage and or environment to breed bacteria. Result likely to be otitis media or otitis externa thus leading to need for medical attention and antibiotics. ...Read more

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Think I've had a cold how long can ears feel stuffy n pressure but Drs check ears said no fluid no etd really worried it's inner ear issues?

Think I've had a cold how long can ears feel stuffy n pressure but Drs check ears said no fluid no etd really worried it's inner ear issues?

TMJ syndrome: Temporo-mandibular syndrome is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. Headache, facial numbness, pressure and ear pain and jaw pain are the common symptoms. Proper diagnosis is the key to successful treatment. See Orofacial Pain practitioner for a consultation and treatment options. ...Read more

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Burping, have acid reflux, feeling aches in lower part throat now. Tad sore under ear. Inner ear feels stuffy. What's with the aches & stuffy ear?

Burping, have acid reflux, feeling aches in lower part throat now. Tad sore under ear. Inner ear feels stuffy. What's with the aches & stuffy ear?

Unrelated: I suspect that you are developing a viral upper respiratory tract infection which is starting in your throat and early nasal congestion is blocking your eustachian tube causing ear blockage symptoms. The viral infection is causing aches and is unrelated to your gerd. ...Read more

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Why would ears feel kinda stuffy n pressure I went to dr they looked in ears said they looked good no fluid even done middle ear test tympometry? Anx

Why would ears feel kinda stuffy n pressure I went to dr they looked in ears said they looked good no fluid even done middle ear test tympometry? Anx

Eustacean Tube Dysfn: Sometimes one can have this stuffy feeling and pressure in the ears without having fluid or an active infection. The eustacean tube leading from the throat to the middle ear can get " plugged" up so to speak, with allergies or a cold, and gives this full sensation. You can relieve the pressure by yawning or blowing your nose. The cold will resolve on its own, but allergies need to be treated! ...Read more

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Random ache on right side of head, couple inches above ear. Inside Ear feels a tad stuffy, slight ache too. (have sinus infection) what's the ache?

Random ache on right side of head, couple inches above ear. Inside Ear feels a tad stuffy, slight ache too. (have sinus infection) what's the ache?

Headache: Probably secondary to the sinus infection which causes inflammation and perhaps a blocked sinus. It should clear up after the infection has resolved. See you primary care if it doesn't resolve in a week or two, or gets worse, or you have persistent fevers. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Experiencing sinus pain/he aches, neck pain, vision issues, extreme sleepiness. Right side eye pain and ear pain. Ear feels full or stuffy. Ideas?

Experiencing sinus pain/he aches, neck pain, vision issues, extreme sleepiness. Right side eye pain and ear pain. Ear feels full or stuffy. Ideas?

Possibly migraine: You are having a migraine issue. The ear pain may be from teeth clenching or grinding partly related to your anxiety or less likely an inner ear infection. You need to talk to your doctor and get examined. Glaucoma should be ruled out as the cause for the eye pain- get the eye pressure checked since it may lead to permanent loss in vision if left untreated. Good luck. ...Read more

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My ears were feeling stuffy but stopped after 2 or 3 days but there is still a little pain. What should I do?

My ears were feeling stuffy but stopped after 2 or 3 days but there is still a little pain. What should I do?

Swimmer's ear: Swimmer'’s ear (Otitis externa) is a painful condition resulting from inflammation, irritation, or infection. These symptoms often occur after water gets trapped in your ear, with subsequent spread of bacteria or fungal organisms.
Treatment includes careful cleaning of the ear canal and use of eardrops that inhibit bacterial or fungal growth and reduce inflammation. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Hey my ear seems plugged or stuffy. What could this be?

Hey my ear seems plugged or stuffy. What could this be?

Wax: It could be wax or the eusachian tube not working... Like when you come down during a plane. If you think your hearing is down... Get this checked asap! Acute hearing loss must be evaluated and treated within 2 weeks or the chances of recovery are very poor. ...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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What can cause stuffy full ears and ringing in ears?

What can cause stuffy full ears and ringing in ears?

Wax: It can be an external issue, with cerumen (/wax) buildup that needs removed, or can be an internal problem, with clogged / blocked eustachian tubes. Can also be medication effect, virus, etc. So, should be seen, by your dr or an urgent care dr to identify or rule out the "easy" things. If symptoms persist, follow up with ent. ...Read more

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I currently have a cold and my ear has been feeling stuffy, clogged, and its hurts. Why? I also haven't cleaned my ear for a while.

I currently have a cold and my ear has been feeling stuffy, clogged, and its hurts. Why? I also haven't cleaned my ear for a while.

BLOCKED EUSTACHIAN T: A cold can cause blockage of the eustachian tube and that can cause the feeling of clogged and stuffy ear and can sometime also cause middle ear infection due to overgrowth of bacteria behind the ear drum due to impaired drainage. ...Read more

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For 2 days my son has been having headaches all day, ear aches, and when he bends over it hurts even more. He nose always feels stuffy, so sinusitis?

For 2 days my son has been having headaches all day, ear aches, and when he bends over it hurts even more. He nose always feels stuffy, so sinusitis?

Otitis media?: This is possible. He is old enough to irrigate his nose and sinuses with a saline solution using a Neti-pot. Get a decongestant, expectorant, analgesic combo from your friendly pharmacist. If he does not get better very quickly get him to a doctor. Hope this clears up soon. ...Read more

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I am experiencing ear itch and ear pressure, sometimes it feels hot, stuffy nose, and coughing when I first get up

I am experiencing ear itch and ear pressure, sometimes it feels hot, stuffy nose, and coughing when I first get up

? Allergy: Or rather inflammation of your upper airways, affecting your middle ear through Eustachian tube congestion, and also producing cough through irritation of upper respiratory passages. The common environmental trigger in such instance is dust mites present in pillows and mattresses, u may be allergic to it, hence the symptoms. Saline nasal washes, washing and drying pillows 1 / wk, & go to an allergist ...Read more

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Can I play in today's soccer game with these symptoms: congestion, headache, feel stuffy in one ear. Just a cold or more?

Can I play in today's soccer game with these symptoms: congestion, headache, feel stuffy in one ear. Just a cold or more?

Check for difference: It's important to know the difference between flu and cold symptoms. A cold is a milder respiratory illness than the flu. While cold symptoms can make you feel bad for a few days, flu symptoms can make you feel quite ill for a few days to weeks. The flu can also result in serious health problems such as pneumonia and hospitalizations.
Flu symptoms are usually more severe than cold symptoms and com. ...Read more

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I have my right tonsil swollen doesn't hurt but my ear on the same side feels itchy and stuffy and my neck is also feeling a little soar. Please help!?

I have my right tonsil swollen doesn't hurt but my ear on the same side feels itchy and stuffy and my neck is also feeling a little soar. Please help!?

Could be cold or: Allergy. It would depend upon whether or not you have ever had allergies, whether you also have a fever, whether your nose is also stuffy/runny.....
If it has been going on a few days see your doctor.
Maybe call the nurse at yiour doctor's office to give a few more details and they can help you decide on taking an over the counter medicine, or making an appointment. ...Read more

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Been feeling dizzy/lighthead off and on for past week. Nasal passages dry, throats dry, but head feels a little stuffy and ear full off and on. 34yo f?

Been feeling dizzy/lighthead off and on for past week. Nasal passages dry, throats dry, but head feels a little stuffy and ear full off and on. 34yo f?

Allergies: Dizziness and your other symptoms could occur with allergies, ear infections or other inner year issues, or less likely sinus problems. I might try some allergy meds like Flonase or something similar and possibly a Claritin type medication for 5 to 7 days and if no better see a medical provider. If you are running fevers or other new symptoms occur, you may need to see a medical provider sooner ...Read more

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Left side upper back of neck aches & feels tense. I can move neck around but that area aches plus my ear aches off & on. Stuffy. Ideas?

Left side upper back of neck aches & feels tense. I can move neck around but that area aches plus my ear aches off & on. Stuffy. Ideas?

Broad differential: Includes cervicogenic headache, myofascial pain syndrome, hemicrania continua, and other causes. I'm available for a HealthTap virtual consult to take a history and develop a treatment plan. ...Read more