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How To Treat Clogged Ears
Office Irrigation: Blocked tear ducts (adult) are identified and most often treated in an office visit by dilation of the puncta opening and irrigation with saline solution. This is done sitting up in the "slit lamp" used by all eye mds. If this is not successful, then a surgical procedure may be needed (called a dcr) if the problem is significant. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pressure in the middle ear is ideally equal to environmental pressure. It is corrected by the eustachian tube, which connects from the middle ear to the back of nose. The popping that occurs when one goes in an airplane is the eustachian tube opening to equalize ear pressure. When pressures differ, the ear drum can be sucked in or bulge out. With this fluid can accumulate ...Read more
Comfort measures: Some viral ear infections self heal in 2-4 day. Bacterial infections tend to persist and may lead to real complications. If not better after 3-4 days of comfort care, an evaluation and treatment is advised.Prior to antibiotics, hearing loss due to chronic middle ear disease was not uncommon and a significant complication called mastoiditis requires surgical drainage.Infants should see the doc. ...Read more
Infected??: Check for signs of infection: ^'ed redness, warmth, swelling. ^'ed tenderness, pus, red streaking, swollen lymph nodes or fever. Recommend keeping piercing in place unless directed by Dr (if removed – drainage tract will close up w ^'ed risk of abscess formation). Call Dr for medical evaluation. Your Dr may prescribe oral antibiotics or antibiotic ointments to apply to piercing site. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can someone tell me how long will it take for my clogged eustachian tube and swollen ear drum to heal?
Depends: It is depend on the severity of the clogged eustachian tube.It may take at least 7 to 10 days or longer with med.It is the same for swollen eardrum, depends on the condition. You need to check with your doctor for this. ...Read more
Vinegar & alcohol: Use a solution of 1/2 white vinegar, and 1/2 rubbing alcohol. Place 5-10 drops in each ear after swimming, lying on each side for 5-10 minutes. If you feel you have an infection, use the drops 4 times a day. The alcohol dries the ear canal, and the white vinegar maintains a healthy acid/base balance (pH) to prevent infection. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
The nose: Most clogged ears are related to nasal congestion and relieving the congestion will often solve the problem. The next question would be what is causing your nose to be congested- a cold, an allergy ... We need more information. ...Read more
Unrelated: The nostrils do not enlarge from nose-picking. With that said, picking is a bad habit- it can scratch the inside of the nasal passage and also get your hands germy. There is surgery designed to change the shape of the nostril. It's a kind of rhinoplasty and should onlybe performed by a trained surgeon, preferably one with training in facial plastic surgery. ...Read more
Alternatives: Surgical intervention works very well but if you want an alternative to surgical intervention, there are diet and exercise programs for reversing heart disease. There are centers that specialize in this type of treatment. Two of many examples are the Nathan Pritikin Resort and the Dr. McDougall Health and Medical Center. These programs really work and have good research behind them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
OTC meds: Try OTC decongestants. If this is a chronic problem, can be due to many things. Best approach is to see an ENt doc who can examine you and determine cause, recommend options. ...Read more
Correct diagnosis: Treatment comes after diagnosis and also involves the age of the patient. Children with a red bulging ear drum usually require an appropriate antibiotic. Adults following a cold usually have a viral infection leading to fluid in the middle ear which does not require an antibiotic. Many middle ear infections resolve spontaneously (80%). Finally, external otitis is another type of ear infection. ...Read more
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