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How Does Chewing Gum Affect The Ears I Heard That It Improves Your Ear Health Is This True
Not true: In general, probably doesn't hurt, but surely doesn't help. It can help equalize ear pressure on a plane flight as chewing and swallowing can help open the eustachian tube. I do see a fair number of patients who get ear aches from TMJ caused by gum chewing, though. Enjoy your gum, but certainly don't do it to "improve your ear health." best wishes! ...Read more
Most commercially available chewing gum contains a sugary sweetener that breaks down into acid which can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. Sugar-free chewing gum is better, but the best option is chewing gum with xylitol, a naturally-occuring wood sugar that bacteria can't digest. This not only stimulates salivary flow to neutralize acids but it also ...Read more
The movement: And muscle activity helps to keep the Eustachian tubes open thus allowing pressure equalization as altitude changes. ...Read more
Will chewing gum always help with ear pressure in long flights or is there a better non-medication method?
Valsalva: Try performing a valsalva maneuver - pinch your nose and gently "blow" air out of your nose while at the same time bearing down like you are lifting something. This will force air up your eustachian tube and expand the middle ear and prevent traction on the ear drum which is what causes the pain and fullness during descent. ...Read more
What can I do about my ear? I popped it 2hrs ago & I still cannot hear...It hurts of I touch it. I'm chewing gum &yawning. How long will it last?
ENT: See an ENT physician for evaluation and treatment choices. ...Read more
I went on a plane ride to florida two weeks ago, my ears have baeen cloged ever since, I have been chewing gum to try to help, doesn't work. L/ear almost no hearing at all, r/one pain under outer ear and blowing blood out nose. Can this be serious or will
I: I think it is more likely that you are having persistent eustachian tube dysfunction. The tubes help equalize the pressure in the middle ears. When you are landing, the pressure in the middle ear is lower than the surrounding pressure, and that actually pulls (sucks) the eustachian tubes closed and equalization is harder. Persistent inflammation can make this last for weeks. Occasioanlly nasl steroids, antihistamines (if worsened by allergy), decongestants can help--mostly just a matter of time. If it is not getting better after 4-6 weeks or if it gets worse, see a doctor. A hole in the ear drum is possible, but usually peopl complain of pressure and severe pain, followed by a pop/rupture and the pai lessens. This could also cause some hearing loss. Most of these also resolve on their own. ...Read more
Yes: It helps to prevent the build up or decrease in middle ear pressure by the swallowing action which opens the eustacian tube. That tube is located in the nasopharynx and is responsible for equilibrating the middle ear barometric pressure with that of the ambient environment provided you do not have tubes or ruprture of your tympanic membrane. ...Read more
I am sick and my ears are clogged. I have tried swallowing, popping them, chewing gum and even putting ear medicine in them. What should I do?
See an ENT: I know it sounds simple to say, but at this point you may want to visit an ear, nose and throat doctor. ...Read more
Diagnosed with the flu on Monday, the last 2 hours both my ears sound like im under water. Tried chewing gum and tried poping them. What can I do?
EUSTACHIAN TUBE: THIS IS DUE TO FLUID IN YOUR MIDDLE EAR. YOUR EUSTACHIAN TUBE THAT RUNS BETWEEN YOUR EAR AND NOSE IS SWOLLEN CAUSING FLUID TO BUILD UP. IT WILL TAKE A FEW WEEKS TO GO AWAY. NASACORT (triamcinolone) AQ IS NOW AVAILABLE WITHOUT A PRESCRIPTION AND CAN HELP DECREASE THE SWELLING AND THEREFOR HELP YOUR SYMPTOMS ...Read more
I am sick and my ears are clogged. I have tried swallowing, popping them, chewing gum and even putting ear medicine in them. What should I do? Word
Go see your: Pcp for a checkup / proper exam and appropriate treatment and medications. Hope this helps. ...Read more
I am sick and my ears are clogged. I have tried swallowing, popping them, chewing gum and even putting ear medicine in them. What should I do? Word2
Try nose spray: You may want to try a nasal decongestant like afrin or neosynephrine for 3 days as directed. There is a tube between the inside of the ear and the back of the nose which gets swollen when you are sick with a cold, etc. The sprays can help sometimes decrease swelling and open up the ears and help you pop them gently. You can also take a pill decongestant which might help. ...Read more
About 4 hours ago I bit my tongue really hard while chewing gum. My ear began to hurt on a pain scale of 8/10. I still have an earache, why?
Tmj or TemperomandibularJoint joint problemS can be initiated by gum chewing
You can have what feels like ear pain but is the joint
See a periodontist to get rid of your pain problem ...Read more
Chewing gum for days. Than jaws/ears pain started same day. Ears were infected, pus, on meds. But spasms/tremors happening around top of TMJ and by ear?
Stop the Gum!!: Excessive gum chewing seems to aggravate your TMJ. Cease and desist!! ...Read more
Having returning left side jaw pain only when I bite down I quit chewing gum its not bad pain just annoying also ears popping when moving jaw?
TMJ?: Very possible. Let your dentist take a look. ...Read more
3 weeks my voice has become more enhance in my ears., left ear makes my voice go in and out. Chewing gum seems to pop it. However, the loud noises of voice remains in ears. I have avoided social interactions because I focus on loud voice sound.
S. O. M: There is a fluid in the middle ear and sound is enhanced during chewing, if there is an infection or imbalance sounds can become enhanced. This condition appears to be Serous Otittus Media and is most often caused by blocked Eustacean tube. Can be treated with antibiotics and decongestant. ...Read more
I was chewing gum and after a little while the left side of my throat started to itch, same with my left ear. I'm I allergic to gum? PS happenedbefore
Definite possibility: If this happens repeatedly, and/or with a specific brand/flavor of gum I think it would be safe to make the assumption you may have a mild allergy to it. Depending on how long you've experienced this and if you can narrow it down to more specifics and reoccurence, I would either just make a rule to avoid that gum, OR you could choose to have a specialist take a look at you as well (ENT) for opinion ...Read more
Flying this wknd and my ears always have trouble if I don't chew a lot of gum. But now I have TMJ and doc said no gum! Any other ways to save my ears?
Decongestant: Either spray or oral decongestantGet a more detailed answer ›
Ear vs TMJ: Having popping/clicking TMJ noises not necessarily a problem. Many people experience these noises. Without pain or limitation of function the noise itself is not an issue. If you have locking or limited movement, "ear" pain, headaches, morning jaw stiffness/soreness, difficulty chewing, bruxism, previous jaw injuries or other jaw conditions, the problem is more serious. Then see a TMJ specialist. ...Read more
My ears are clogged I try to yawn chew gum it won't work I hear crackling sounds I use a tip to wax my ears time to time but still clog any suggestion?
Wax or otitis: It is due to wax tou need to remove the wax. Otc wax removal work, but if not is better to see a health professional to remove the wax. If it is otitis you need a physician to take a look. ...Read more
My mastoid bones been hurting for a while...My ear is ok, no plane. Trip, I do. Chew. Gum all the time. Could this pain mean something serious?
TMJ dysfunction: The muscles and ligaments that cause your jaw to move are not working smoothly. Stop chewing gum. This is a major source of TMJ dysfunction. Eat softer foods next 2-3 weeks. Apply moist heat to the joint area. Stress plays a big role in triggering TMJ problems. Find activities to help reduce your stress level. See your dentist for more detailed help. ...Read more
Constantly itchy ear canals. Now gone, but it still really itches and also everytime I chew gum my ear canals itch like crazy! Any ideas as to why!?
Today I am having pain in my left jaw when I chew food or gum and also the pain radiates up into my left ear at the same time. There is no swelling.?
See an ENT doctor: If you are having jaw pain with chewing that radiates to the same ear, I would go to see and ENT doctor for a check. Throat, mouth or neck pain can radiate to the same sided ear through arnold's nerve. The pain radiating there makes sense, but the pain should be checked out! ...Read more
My ears blocked very badly when I take a plane. D usual yawning, chewing a gum, swollowing, holding my nose n blowing out from d mouth do not work. D pain can b very bad n may last for hours. R there any other ways to relieve d pain?
SUDAFED PRIOR TO: Flying might help you.Get a more detailed answer ›
My jaws hurt when I chew hard food and gum is it because I have a bad tooth in my mouth why my ear and neck hurt more on that right side please?
Get it checked: If your jaw is hurting on one side it could mean you have a bad tooth referring pain to your jaw and you could have a responding swollen/sore lymph node in your neck. Or if your clenching your jaw at night it could make your jaw hurt. Can involve cheek and neck muscles as well. Have dds check for infection on the affected side and have him check for signs of night clenching/grinding. Good luck. ...Read more
Been experiencing ear pressure, nose pressure, and forehead headaches for week now. ENT said chew gum and drink water but not helping. Recommendation?
Try OTC meds: You probably have sinus headaches. If you have fever also, pl go to an urgent care center to get a prescription for antibiotic. Otherwise try OTC antihistamines like Claritin (loratadine) or Zyrtec for a couple of weeks and if still symptomatic, pl follow up with your ENT for some imaging studies for the sinuses. ...Read more
I chewed a piece of mint gum for mostly all of today and a good portion of yesterday. Now my ear aches. Could these two be connected?
Soreness: Place your fingers just in front of your ears and open and close your mouth. You should be pressing on the temporomandibular joint. Are you surprised your ear hurts? ...Read more
Woozy, feels like headache in eyes, dizziness, ear fullness, face fullness in cheeks, slight pain behind ears as if I've chewed gum too long, jittery.
Sore left head temple. It only hurts to touch or when I chew gum. I exercised yesterday and woke up with left temple being sore. No other sympytoms?
Temporal arteritis?: Until proved otherwise. It can happen at your age. I suspect there is a different explanation, but a visit to your physician is in order. The tenderness and the pain on chewing ("jaw claudication") will be familiar to all healthtap physicians as warnings. ...Read more
Dental Issues: So hard to say exactly what your problem (s) might be, but certainly a visit to your local dentist can determine if your teeth and gums need treatment. ...Read more
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