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How is inflammation or blockage of eustachian tube determined and then treated?

How is inflammation or blockage of eustachian tube determined and then treated?

ENT doc 4 evaluation: Use decongestant to reduce swelling of tube linine; take antihistamine or use steroid nasal spray to reduce allergic response if allergies are factor; place pressure equalization tubes (PETs) in eardrums to equalize ear pressure; make tiny incision in eardrum/suction out the fluid in middle ear. This gives the eustachian tube lining time to shrink while the eardrum is healing (usually 1 to 3 days) ...Read more

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Lumbar puncture confirmed IIH. Is this ever linked with eustachian tube blockage? Mine are always blocked when IIH headaches bad.

Lumbar puncture confirmed IIH. Is this ever linked with eustachian tube blockage? Mine are always blocked when IIH headaches bad.

No link: But if you have IIH, need to wonder if venous sinuses are functioning normally, and of course, need to check other causes. Your eustachian tube issues may relate to sinus triggering of headaches, and may be additional independent problems. ...Read more

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Eustachian tube blockage in my right ear in Feb.Yawned a lot to stabilized pressure. Developed left ear quivering; voices, noises vibrate. Annoying,?

 Eustachian tube blockage in my right ear in Feb.Yawned a lot to stabilized pressure. Developed left ear quivering; voices, noises vibrate. Annoying,?

ENT: I am wondering if you have seen an ENT specialist for an evaluation of your symptoms. If so, what did they say? If not, make an appointment with one right away so that hopefully you can finally get some relief. ...Read more

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I have eustachian tube dysfunction & am taking sudafed and afrin. How long will it take to clear up and when will the ringing in ears take to clear up?

I have eustachian tube dysfunction & am taking sudafed and afrin. How long will it take to clear up and when will the ringing in ears take to clear up?

Depends: Eustachian tube dysfunction can been sudden related to swimming or other pressure related changes or related chronic problems related to allergy. If you have been on those meds for over a week, you may need something stronger, so see a physician or an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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I have seen four ENT's for what seems to be eustachian tube disorder. Before I flew on a plane with a bad cold ~2 years ago, I would get fluid in my ears and it would clear after some time. Now (beyond this issue) since the flight, I have slight tinnitu

I have seen four ENT's for what seems to be eustachian tube disorder.  Before I flew on a plane with a bad cold ~2 years ago, I would get fluid in my ears and it would clear after some time.  Now (beyond this issue) since the flight, I have slight tinnitu

ENT would know best: Put together the solutions you have been given and review these with your doctor. Because of the ringing insure your inner ears are healthy. There is very little you can do to make Eustachian tubes behave. Sometimes a course of steroids will help and if there is an indication placing tubes. All the best. ...Read more

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How to clean in eustachian tube ?

How to clean in eustachian tube ?

You can't: The eustachian tube itself is internal and cannot be cleaned. Things that cause nasal congesiton, such as allergies and colds, can lead to blockage of the eustachian tube. Therefore, treating nasal congestion and keeping the nose open can help keep the eustachian tube open. Structural issues, such as enlarged tonsils, can affect the eustachian tube as well. ...Read more

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For the first time I have Eustachian Tube Dysfunction and it brothers me since last week! How is it treated? Thank you.

For the first time I have Eustachian Tube Dysfunction and it brothers me since last week! How is it treated? Thank you.

Eustachian tube dysf: Nasal congestion due to allergies or infection can cause blockage of the tube that connect middle ear to the back of nose. or even middle-ear to nose. You can auto-insufflation (pop ears) along with anti-histamine and decongestant to see if your ear fullness resolves. If not or gets acutely worse, you will need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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How do you unblock or reduce swelling of Eustachian tube!? An how long does it usually take

How do you unblock or reduce swelling of Eustachian tube!? An how long does it usually take

Not easy: Eustachian tube blockage is usually reversible and is often caused by viral infections of the nose and back of nose. Nasal sprays and decongestants are rarely helpful. I would consult an ENT doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Sometimes, if you have had many ear infections in childhood, the ET blockage may be long lasting. ...Read more

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What is eustachian tube dysfunction, bilateral?

Blockage: Blockage of passageway between throat and ear bilateral refers to both sides check with an ENT for confirmation and treatment. ...Read more

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Could patulous eustachian tube be made temporarily worse by a cold/flu?

Could patulous eustachian tube be made temporarily worse by a cold/flu?

Yes: The cold may cause blockage of the tube where it comes into the nose. ...Read more

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