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What can I do to stop my ear pain when I blow my nose. I have a bad cold and cannot blow my nose as my right ear hurts a lot?

What can I do to stop my ear pain when I blow my nose. I have a bad cold and cannot blow my nose as my right ear hurts a lot?

Open mouth: If you open your mouth slightly when you blow your nose, you will not get the pressure on the eustachian tube and thus no pain.

Try it. ...Read more

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Pain in ear when I blow nose only. Is that one of the signs and symptoms of inner ear infection?

Pain in ear when I blow nose only. Is that one of the signs and symptoms of inner ear infection?

Nope: That is a sign that you are increasing the inner ear pressure when you blow your nose. The nose connects to the inner ear via the eustachian tube. This tube is what allows pressure to balance and is responsible for "popping" of the ears. What you describe is a similar method to how scuba divers equalize the pressure under water. ...Read more

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First ear pain, then coughing up and blowing nose green, now the back of my mouth hurts, especially the roof-other symptoms mostly gone, any clues?

First ear pain, then coughing up and blowing nose green, now the back of my mouth hurts, especially the roof-other symptoms mostly gone, any clues?

Virus or Sinusitis: You have a virus or sinus infection. If your symptoms just started, you don't have any significant fever (less than 100 degrees fahrenheit) and tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin makes your feel better, you might want to wait it out. If your symptoms worse, or you have fever, see your doctor. The ear pain could be an ear infection from the sinus problem, or just swelling. You have to see your doctor to find out. ...Read more

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Blew nose too hard 2 nights ago. Ear pain and stuffy feeling in one ear that night and yesterday. Burning pain in that ear today. Ruptured eardrum?

Blew nose too hard 2 nights ago. Ear pain and stuffy feeling in one ear that night and yesterday. Burning pain in that ear today. Ruptured eardrum?

Byrning ear pain: Rather than a ruptured ear drum, the pain may be caused by blowing mucus in your ear. However, a physical exm by an ear specialist is in order to rule out a ruptured ear drum. ...Read more

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Have a slight cold. Tonight I held one nostril closed and blew to try and clear other nostril and had immediate ear pain on the clogged side.?

Have a slight cold. Tonight I held one nostril closed and blew to try and clear other nostril and had immediate ear pain on the clogged side.?

Pressurized tube: With blowing your nostrils in this manner, the concern is that by doing so, you have opened up the Eustachian tube and added air to the canal which opens up on the inside of your eardrum. This can not only be painful, but could result in bursting of your eardrum.
See a doctor who can evaluate your eardrum. ...Read more

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Left side nose, throat and and ear pain, allergies?

Left side nose, throat and and ear pain, allergies?

Possibly: Pain is not a common feature of allergies. If however, the pain is due from congestion (that is, a 'pressure' like pain), than allergies certainly could be the cause. One sided pain is more often infection. ...Read more

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Is use of Otrivin (.05%) nose drops in infants helpful in avoiding ear pain when flying?

Is use of Otrivin (.05%) nose drops in infants helpful in avoiding ear pain when flying?

Possibly: Otrivin (xylometazoline) is a decongestant that will shrink clogged nasal passages. If there is no cold or facial congestion, it will not have much effect. Swallowing helps open the passageways and clear the ears, so a good way to help your infant avoid ear pain is to make sure he's hungry by the time the airplane descends, and continuously feed from a bottle during descent. ...Read more

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Having some clicking in ears when yawning. Trying to pop ears manually while exhaling holding nose. Feels like fluid but not popping. No ear pain?

Having some clicking in ears when yawning. Trying to pop ears manually while exhaling holding nose. Feels like fluid but not popping. No ear pain?

Eustachian tube dyfx: When you are yawning the popping you are having is caused by air rushing into the ear when your eustachian tube is opening. The eustachian tube is a tube that connects your ear to your throat and opens naturally when you yawn or swallow. Try popping your ears by plugging your nose and blowing hard. Your ears should pop open. This is called a valsalva maneuver and is very effective. ...Read more

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Hello, I am having ear pain on the right side and have a left lymph nose swollen under my right jaw, been on augment 875 for 7 days and now on sufferm?

Hello, I am having ear pain on the right side and have a left lymph nose swollen under my right jaw, been on augment 875 for 7 days and now on sufferm?

See your doctor: If your symptoms are either getting worse or staying the same, the augmentin is not working because you do not have a bacterial infection or, if you do, it is resistant to augmentin. Please see your doctor for a new, updated diagnosis and treatment plan. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Will I get bad ear pain on an airplane if I have a small cold like only a stuffy nose? If yes, will chewing or yawning prevent it for sure?

Will I get bad ear pain on an airplane if I have a small cold like only a stuffy nose? If yes, will chewing or yawning prevent it for sure?

Valsalva: Chewing or yawning will help release the pressure. A valsalva maneuver where you hold your nose (pinch it) and blow gently will equalize the pressure when needed. ...Read more

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Popping in nose. Feels inflamed. Cheek head neck ear pain. Past sinus/allergy issues. So much pain in ear and neck. Feel really sick. Green mucus.

Popping in nose. Feels inflamed. Cheek head neck ear pain. Past sinus/allergy issues. So much pain in ear and neck. Feel really sick. Green mucus.

Sinusitis: You may have a sinus infection, you need to see your doctor to treat it, if you have allergies they need to be controlled to stop these recurrent sinus infections. See an allergist and get tested and determine your triggers. ...Read more

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I'm pregnant &have acute sinusitis 3 d ago cant sleep from toothaches and ear pain my nose dry not rainy but I feel all the symptoms of the sinusitis?

I'm pregnant &have acute sinusitis 3 d ago cant sleep from toothaches and ear pain my nose dry not rainy but I feel all the symptoms of the sinusitis?

Acute sinusitis?: Check with your dentist to see if your pain is from teeth or gum infections.
If it is not a dental problem, see your medical doctor, OB, or an ENT specialist.
It is important to get any infection under control, especially being pregnant. ...Read more

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Can tension headache cause ear pain? Nose keeps "popping"- extreme pressure of head behind eyes & all around and ear pain both ears

Can tension headache cause ear pain? Nose keeps "popping"- extreme pressure of head behind eyes & all around and ear pain both ears

Pressure: May also be the onset of a cold or allergic in origin. You can try an otc antihistamine if you have allergies, but if not try otc cold rx ...Read more

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Ear pain/ringing, trouble breathing out nose, and trouble breathing in general on left side of body. Is this heart related or sinus related?

Ear pain/ringing, trouble breathing out nose, and trouble breathing in general on left side of body. Is this heart related or sinus related?

See an ENT: It sounds like the congestion you are experiencing may be nasal. You may benefit from an in person evaluation by a board certified otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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LAPBAND EMPITED SINCE THEN NOSE STUFFED COMPLETELY EAR PAIN AND THROAT FEELS LIKE I CANT TAKE DEEP BREATH COUULD THIS ALL BE RELATED TO LAP BAND?

LAPBAND EMPITED SINCE THEN NOSE STUFFED COMPLETELY EAR PAIN AND THROAT FEELS LIKE I CANT TAKE DEEP BREATH COUULD THIS ALL BE RELATED TO LAP BAND?

Not enough info: Question is not Clearly stated! Do you mean fluid was removed from the band, if so, was it done on bedside (usually) with needle aspiration from the port; then these symptoms are not related to that. If it was done under anesthesia (I don't expect so) then tube used for anesthesia can cause sore throat or ear ache. Please call your surgeon and discuss these symptoms. ...Read more

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I'm coughing sneezing runny nose have body aches and ear pain thought it was allergy a but only getting worse have state testing tomorrow what do I do?

I'm coughing sneezing runny nose have body aches and ear pain thought it was allergy a but only getting worse have state testing tomorrow what do I do?

Need to be evaluated: With the pressure in the ear the possibility of an ear infection or fluid buildup in your ear cannot be ruled out. Generalized body aches and congestion might also indicate an upper respiratory infection. I am afraid you will need to postpone or be excused from testing. You did not mention a fever and if you have a virus you are at risk for suboptimal testing and you can infect others. See you DR. ...Read more

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I just finished a 10 day course of amoxil (amoxicillin) for sinus infection. My head is hurting, I have a runny nose and ear pain. Do I need to go back to the dr?

I just finished a 10 day course of amoxil (amoxicillin) for sinus infection. My head is hurting, I have a runny nose and ear pain. Do I need to go back to the dr?

Yes: Your symptoms should have resolved after taking a course of antibiotics. You may need further testing to determine what is causing your continued symptoms (eg. Fungal infection, drug resistant bacteria, other cause) or a procedure done to drain your sinuses. ...Read more

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Should I make an appointment with obgyn for bloody noses, ear pain, headache? I am currently 26 weeks pregnant. I have no complications at this point. I've been having nose bleeds, ear pain and a headache for 3 days now. And the newest thing which is v

Should I make an appointment with obgyn for bloody noses, ear pain, headache? I am currently 26 weeks pregnant. I have no complications at this point. I've been having nose bleeds, ear pain and a headache for 3 days now. And the newest thing which is v

Yes,: Yes, please call immediately and make an appointment to be seen. The symptoms need to be thoroughly evaluated by your obgyn. If you have a worsening headache, fever, vomiting, or any weakness then you would need to be seen as an emergency. ...Read more

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Pain in right eyebrow. Very green mucus from nose and throat. Ear pain. Mucus leaks from my nose and has a lot of blood.

Pain in right eyebrow. Very green mucus from nose and throat. Ear pain. Mucus leaks from my nose and has a lot of blood.

Sinusitis: You could possibly have a sinus infection. You should see a doctor for treatment. In the meantime you could try using an over the counter decongestant or nasal spray such as nasonex (mometasone). You may also use a saline nasal rinse and Ibuprofen as needed. Take care! ...Read more

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3yr old has tummy pain, fever stuffy nose, dx with ear infec by doc but she has had no ear pain how is this possible and why does she have tummy pain?

3yr old has tummy pain, fever stuffy nose, dx with ear infec by doc but she has had no ear pain how is this possible and why does she have tummy pain?

Tummy pain: Ear infections can be painless for sure. The picture you are describing could be viral infection that can cause ear infections and abdominal pain. Adenovirus is one example. Also, there are viruses called enterovirus that ca do that too but ...Read more

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3days ago I suffer congestion of nose& ear, pain around eyes&above nose, flu&cough. Maybe sinusitis? But I feared meningitis or any mental disorders?

3days ago I suffer congestion of nose& ear, pain around eyes&above nose, flu&cough. Maybe sinusitis? But I feared meningitis or any mental disorders?

Cold and flu: Not a meningitis - if it were, it would be very unlikely that you would be asking about symptoms 3 days into the illness online. If you are still troubled by symptoms then visit your doctor. Evaluation for sinusitis would seem appropriate. ...Read more

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Symptoms are a runny nose, inner ear pain, headache, achey joints, tiredness and lack of appetite. What do I possibly have? Symptoms come and go...

Symptoms are a runny nose, inner ear pain, headache, achey joints, tiredness and lack of appetite. What do I possibly have? Symptoms come and go...

Could be flu: You could have influenza or another upper respiratory viral infection. Sometimes these infections also give you aches and fatigue. If your symptoms are severe see your doctor. If your symptoms have been going on longer than a week or two I also suggest that you see a doctor to get an exam and possibly some blood tests done to determine the cause. ...Read more

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32 weeks pregnat and have a really bad sinus headache runny nose and right ear pain my body feels weak should I go to er?

Call your doctor: You sound like you have a sinus and possibly an ear infection. Because you are pregnant you don't want to ignore these symptoms. I say call your primary doctor and see if they want to start an antibiotic and see you in the morning. ...Read more

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Hi. Can I take non-drowsy allergy relief and nighttime cold and flu medicine at the same time? I have a runny nose, sneezing, cough, and ear pain.

Nighttime cold & flu: Medicine should be enough, most of them already contain an antihistamine in the ingredients, so no need to add a non-drowsy allergy medicine. Read the labels carefully, rest, fluids, salt water gargles and saline nasal washes, if no improvement soon, especially ear pain, see your doctor, also stop smoking if you are, and avoid being around smokers, best wishes ...Read more

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2 months rt side headache. Dry cough, excess mucus in nose. Lump in throat feeling that can't clear. Ear pain and crackling when swallow. What is it?

2 months rt side headache. Dry cough, excess mucus in nose. Lump in throat feeling that can't clear. Ear pain and crackling when swallow. What is it?

Pharyngitis: The most common cause is a viral infection. Usually, sore throat resolves (one week) on its own with at-home care. However, 2 month is too long for symptoms to persist.
Rec.: see your pcp for evaluation and possible ENT referral. ...Read more

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Dull achy ear pain in both my ears, sore throat, fever 100.2 and stuffy nose. What is this? Can I take cold medicine?

Dull achy ear pain in both my ears, sore throat, fever 100.2 and stuffy nose. What is this? Can I take cold medicine?

Likely viral illness: Sounds like viral uri- over the age of 5 yrs, over the counter cold meds may help symptomatically
with URI symptoms/ stuffiness, cough, less likely to be strep
common complication is secondary ear infection
would see doctor to have ears evaluated. ...Read more