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How does sudafed affect your ear health?

How does sudafed affect your ear health?

May not: Sudafed (decongestant) and anti-histamines and steroids have been shown in the literature to not affect ear health (promote drainage). There might be anecdotal instances of them helping but generally they are not effective. ...Read more

Dr. Louis Vernacchio
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How does rhinocort and sudafed affect your ear health?

How does rhinocort and sudafed affect your ear health?

Can help: If you have eustachian tube dysfunction (problems equalizing ear pressure) those meds can sometimes help. Sudafed is not a good medication for long term use, however, especially if you have high blood pressure or a heart problem. Discuss with your doctor or ent. Those medicines will generally not affect balance problems or hearing loss which is not due to fluid build up on the ear. Best wishes. ...Read more

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If I don't take sudafed before a flight my ears drum will perforate how normal is this, what can I do?

Several things: Not normal, its eustacion tube dysfunction, the tube between nose and ears to balance pressure. Mucinex, (guaifenesin) chewing gum, lots of water, and saline nasal rinse all help as well. ...Read more

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Should i continue to take sudafed if my ears are not fully clear?

Should i continue to take sudafed if my ears are not fully clear?

Depends: If sudafed helps, you should as long as it does not produce side effects - insomnia, blood pressure etc. However since you have received only partial relief from sudafed, you should check with your doctor to get something more effective. Some times a plugged ear is not really a plugged ear at all. ...Read more

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What's better to get fluid out of ears, antihistamine or sudafed?

What's better to get fluid out of ears, antihistamine or sudafed?

Both: Often combined in same pill. A nasal cortisone spray can be added and is often the most effective. Fluticasone, etc, are now generic, OTC, and about $20. ...Read more

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My ears have been plugged up and ringing for a month. It gets worse at night and in the morning. There is some fluid when I wake up in the morning. I tried a nasal spary and sudafed but they didn't work. Will this ever go away?

My ears have been plugged up and ringing for a month. It gets worse at night and in the morning. There is some fluid when I wake up in the morning. I tried a nasal spary and sudafed but they didn't work. Will this ever go away?

You may very: well have a wax plug within the ear canal, called cerumen impaction.
Please see your primary care doctor's office so they can examine your ears with an Otoscope and possibly wash out the plugs. They also need to check for an ear infection. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Dr said i had fluid in my ear. i took sudafed for two days, is that enough? or what do i need to do? i cant even tell i have fluid

Dr said i had fluid in my ear. i took sudafed for two days, is that enough? or what do i need to do? i cant even tell i have fluid

Get rechecked: It is hard to tell if you have no symptoms but if you did have fluid in your ears, Sudafed for 2 days would not likely do the job. People with fluid in the ears usually notice a sensation of ear fullness (plugging) and/or hearing loss. ...Read more

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Will sudafed relieve airplane ear clogging?

Will sudafed relieve airplane ear clogging?

It may.....: If it does not, need to see your otolaryngologist, . ...Read more

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I have clogged ears for about 2 weeks now.I just recently got over bad cold that lead to pneumonia.. I ve tried everything..sudafed,zyertec..please he?

I have clogged ears for about 2 weeks now.I just recently got over bad cold that lead to pneumonia.. I ve tried everything..sudafed,zyertec..please he?

See your doc: This can be slow to clear on its own. Feel like you have a fish bowl over your head? If you no longer have fluid or an infection in the middle ear then sometimes we resort to a course of Prednisone (which does carry a risk of rare but serious side effects). Sometime OTC Afrin nasal spray can give temporary relief but DO NOT use more than 3 days or you might get hooked because of rebound. ...Read more

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Will sudafed help with ear infections?

Will sudafed help with ear infections?

Pseudofed: Hello, pseudofed is a decongestant that may be helpful to reduce congestion associated with an otitis media. It works by reducing the swelling at the opening of the eustachian tube in the back of the nose. An antibiotic may also be recommended. See your doctor if it's worsening. ...Read more

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How do I relieve ear pain pressure caused by sinusitus if i can't take sudafed?

How do I relieve ear pain pressure caused by sinusitus if i can't take sudafed?

Decongestant: Oxymetozaline ( afrin, dristan, nasivin, logicin, Vicks sinex, visine l.R., sudafed om, and zicam) can all help. Don't use more than several days in succession. You might also try nasal rinses with neti pot (ask your friendly pharmacist). Also, steroid nasal spray may help. ...Read more

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My 16 year old son has had a plugged ear (muted hearing, crackling) for the past 2 weeks following a cold. He has been taking Sudafed which hasn't helped much. Is there anything else he can try and at what point should he be seen. He says he isn't experie

My 16 year old son has had a plugged ear (muted hearing, crackling) for the past 2 weeks following a cold. He has been taking Sudafed which hasn't helped much. Is there anything else he can try and at what point should he be seen. He says he isn't experie

Common issue: During a cold many of the membranes in the upper airway & middle ear are swollen.This can affect the ability of the Eustachian tube.This tube drains mucus & also allows air into that space to maintain correct pressure across the eardrum.The cracking he hears is the tube opening/closing.This should self correct in time. Pain,fever or the nuisance factor can be your guide to when a visit is needed ...Read more

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I have a clogged ear that has lasted for several months, and often partially clears at night. Ear cleaning + sudafed from doctor didn't help, what now?

I have a clogged ear that has lasted for several months, and often partially clears at night. Ear cleaning + sudafed from doctor didn't help, what now?

Eustacheon tube dysf: Eustacheon tube collapse can cause ear plugging. Q tips can cause wax plugging. If ear canal is clear, then auto insulation (hold your nose and puff?). May need stronger decongestant than pseudophed. See your family doctor. ...Read more

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Sudafed PE has helped at times to keep my Eustachian Tube open and fluid out of middle ear is it safe to use long term? ENT I went to wasn't any help.

Sudafed PE has helped at times to keep my Eustachian Tube open and fluid out of middle ear is it safe to use long term? ENT I went to wasn't any help.

Phenylepherine: is a potent systemic decongestant, and is sold OTC, you want to be cautious using it long term on your own, please read the labels carefully for side effects and drug-drug interaction. Saline nasal washes, and at times steroid nasal sprays can help too, but that doesn't replace doctor's evaluation. You can have a second opinion, if you have access to another ENT, it is your right as a patient ...Read more

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I am in severe pain with my ears and sinuses. Mucinex, (guaifenesin) ibuprofen and sudafed aren't cutting it. Help?

I am in severe pain with my ears and sinuses. Mucinex, (guaifenesin) ibuprofen and sudafed aren't cutting it. Help?

Time to visit: your physician. More aggressive treatment, possibly with antibiotics may be indicated. You need a detailed history and physical exam. ...Read more

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I have a hacking cough, clogged ears, loss of appetite and dry vomiting. Dylsum, nyquil, dayquil, and sudafed haven't worked. What should I do?

I have a hacking cough, clogged ears, loss of appetite and dry vomiting. Dylsum, nyquil, dayquil, and sudafed haven't worked. What should I do?

See your doctor: I would go and see your doctor or visit a med-check to see if you have an ear infection (acute otitis media) that would require antibiotics, especially if this has been going on for more that 3 days. ...Read more

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Always feels like there's water in r ear (no pain). Helps if i take sudafed & allergy pills; never goes away 100%. Why would that be? Should i worry?

Always feels like there's water in r ear (no pain). Helps if i take sudafed & allergy pills; never goes away 100%. Why would that be? Should i worry?

See ENT for exam: Could be an eustachian tube issue, inner ear issue, possibly sinus issue, or just the way you feel things...Needs an exam by expert to sort out. ...Read more

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Ear still feels full, hearing a bit muffled after flight 8 days ago, was battling a cold prior to flight. Tried amoxicillin and sudafed. Is this bad?

Ear still feels full, hearing a bit muffled after flight 8 days ago, was battling a cold prior to flight. Tried amoxicillin and sudafed. Is this bad?

No: You may just need time for the pressure in your ears to equalize. If it bothers you, considering seeing an ENT who can lance your ear drum top relieve it. ...Read more

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My ears keep popping, I've tried Claritin (loratadine) and it haa not helped and cannot take Sudafed. What should I do to relieve the stufiness in my ears. ?

My ears keep popping,  I've tried Claritin (loratadine) and it haa not helped and cannot take Sudafed. What should I do to relieve the stufiness in my ears. ?

Follow-up needed: If you have history of environmental allergies the sinuses are usually congested also fluid could build up behind the tympanic membrane causing ears to be congested. You may need to use over the counter Flonase or Nasacort (triamcinolone) AQ nasal sprays if not better. Also try Normal Saline nasal spray over the counter. If no relief you need to be seen by a Physician. ...Read more

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Ear pain and pressure, still on antibiotics and just finished 5 days being on sudafed, but ear pressure remains, anything else i could try?

Allergy?: If you have any allergy history at all, or have sneezing, itchy eyes, consider adding an antihistamine such as loratidine or zyrtec. Most allergic people respond even better to nasal steroid sprays. Also singulair (montelukast) (rx) can help if you have allergies. ...Read more

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Several doses of Sudafed to drain ears post infection, started having SO MUCH crackling and much less pressure. Isthis a sign it's finally draining? Some wetness in ear but not draining out. To push on outside of ear or valsalva is squelchy.

Several doses of Sudafed to drain ears post infection, started having SO MUCH crackling and much less pressure. Isthis a sign it's finally draining? Some wetness in ear but not draining out. To push on outside of ear or valsalva is squelchy.

Blocked eustachian: Probably still have fluid in middle ear and blocked Eustachian tube.
Ask doctor about using Clear.easeā„¢ lozenges. These are papain/bromelain that are anti inflammatory to reduce the middle ear inflammation and get the eustachian tube open. ...Read more

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I am being treated with keflex for an ear infection, can I still take sudafed?

I am being treated with keflex for an ear infection, can I still take sudafed?

Yes: You can definitely take a decongestant at the same time as an antibiotic to help your infection. ...Read more

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Taking zyrtec (cetirizine) & sudafed for allergy symptoms from eustachian td. Sit/stand symptoms are gone. When i lay down though, my inner ears & body itch. Why?

Taking zyrtec (cetirizine) & sudafed for allergy symptoms from eustachian td. Sit/stand symptoms are gone. When i lay down though, my inner ears & body itch. Why?

Allergies?: Technically, the inner ear shouldn't itch, but the middle ear behind the eardrum can itch. Seasonal allergies can frequently present with body and middle ear itching, at least partly due to widespread histamine release in allergic reaction, even once the eustachian tubes clear and equilibrium is back to normal. Good luck! ...Read more