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How To Unblock Sinuses Ears
Sinuses are air filled spaces in the head that have several proposed functions: 1. They serve as shock absorbers in cases of head trauma 2. Lighten the skull 3. Humidify and filter the air while also producing mucus 4. Play a role in vocal resonance. The head contains 4 paired sinus cavities: maxillaries (cheek) under the eyes, ethmoids(between the eyes), frontals (above ...Read more
Saline rinse: The sinuses do not drain into the ear. Your ear will drain to the back of your throat (pharynx). If you have sinus allergies or congestion from time to time, a simple saline spray from the pharmacy will work great. Also, you may want to consider a neti pot from your pharmacy. You must use sterile water or boil tap water to sterilize it. Personally, i'd just use the saline nasal spray. ...Read more
If getting in a...: Steamy shower opens the blockage completely on both sides, you probably would find relief from a steroid or antihistamine nasal spray which are both prescription medications in the us. If one or both sides are always blocked you probably have a mechanical obstruction that will need to be looked at by a nose surgeon. ...Read more
Nose spray helps ear: Avamys brand of fluticasone furoate, is called Veramyst nasal spray in the us. It is one of several intranasal steroids approved to treat allergic rhinitis also called hay fever. Aside from usual symptoms of nasal allergy such as sneezing drainage and congestion many people can get inflammation of the eustachian tubes causing ear symptoms. Yes, this class of medicines may all be helpful for this. ...Read more
Blocked nose: There are several causes of nasal obstruction including congestion from allergies and anatomical issues, too. The only way to tell the cause is to have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist, ...Read more
Medical vs surgical: If you do have eustacian tube dysfunction that is causing your ringing/tinnitus in the affected ear, then focus on treating that. Nasal steroid, decongestant, antihistamines etc...If not adquate, oral steroid briefly and diuretic may help. If adenoids/tonsils are large, removal may help. Or, consider having an ear-tube (myringotomy) by an ENT doc..Consult your doc for eval/treatment. Good luck. ...Read more
Decongestants: The best methods include using decongestants like sudafed, mucus thinners like mucinex, (guaifenesin) & nasal sprays like Neo-Synephrine or afrin. It is also helpful to pinch nose, close mouth, and gently blow to pop the ears frequently. If this still doesn't work, see doctor. ...Read more
Blocked nose/ears: Hello. Things you can do to rid of blocked ears and nasal passages is to begin saline nasal spray. If this doesn't work after a week, then step up therapy to using Afrin nasal spray for 5 days only. That should help. After 5 days, if it still is bothering you then begin using Nasacort (triamcinolone) every night. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Try nasal steroid: The ear plugging is likely from the nasal congestion and nasal steroid is likely the most effective in relieving the nasal stuffiness even though it may take a few days. If problem persists, see allergist. ...Read more
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
Valsalva maneuver: If you do not have a cold and if you do not have any pus in your nose, you can try to pop your ears with both nostrils pinched tightly and with mouth closed, gently blow your nose. The air in the nose will then be pushed into the back of the nose and may clear the mucus in your eustachian tube. People on airplanes do this to equalize middle ear pressure. Do not blow too hard or you may injuretm. ...Read more
Pinch and blow: The most direct way to do this is to pinch your nose closed, close your mouth, and then blow. This will force air up the eustachian tube. Also if you swallow frequently (chew gum) or yawn this will also tend to pop your ears. ...Read more
Sinus congestion: There are a lot of ways to improve breathing through your nose and sinuses. The first thing I have patients do is use saline. It's natural and is quite effective. You can use it in a number of different ways, from spray to irrigation, even a nettie pot. It's so effective, that even in the face of a sinus infection, it's beneficial and improves symptoms as much as prescription medicines. ...Read more
It opens air flow: A main factor in recurrent ear infections is the build up of thickened mucous in the middle ear. This weeps off the walls of the space and should flow thru the eustacion tube to your throat. Recurrent infection may thicken the mucous & if it never flows out, germs love it. The tubes provide a window in the ear drum so air can get in & mucous can drain out. With the mucous is gone, no food for germs. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Call your doctor: Are you self diagnosing sinuses or was it diagnosed by the doctor? Sinuses when clogged or infected have connections with ears so that's not a stretch to put together in terms of maladies going hand in hand. If you saw your physician were you given any meds? If you haven't seen your doc yet then, that's the next step. In the mean time, GOOD fluids, GOOD FLUIDS, & more GOOD FLUIDS & call doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Time: You must have gotten some water into the inner ear canal. If you have no congestion at all in the nasal passages,, then only time will help ( a few days). If you do have nasal congestion, may consider trying an OTC nasal decongestant spray for up to 4 days . If your nose is always congested, consider daily use of nasal steroid or consult an allergist. ...Read more
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