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Effects Of Popping The Ears
Yes: It is safe to gently pop your ears to equalize the pressure. However, if it takes extreme effort to pop your ears, don't keep on trying. If you continue to try, you might rupture your ear drum or rupture a membrane leading to your inner ear. This can lead to dizziness and/or hearing loss. If you can't clear your ears effectively, you will need to see an ent. ...Read more
Pressure: Partial blockage of the eustacian tube which runs from the side of the back of the throat into the middle ear. When this happens it creates a sensation of fullness. You can try relieving this by thrusting your lower jay forward and your head back, or by holding your nostrils and blowing against a closed mouth (but be very careful with this), or use a nasal spray or decongestant or a sinus rinse. ...Read more
Cold?: This sound like you have a cold. This includes all the symptoms of the usual cold. No treatment is needed at this time unless you feel you need symptomatic treatment. If persists see your doctor. Cold symptoms usually last about a week to 10 days. ...Read more
Hi, my husband hasa realy bad ear congested problem for 4 yrs. Alot of popping and pressure behind head. Has been to doctors and can't find out what it is?
Eustachian tube: His eustachian tube may be partially blocked leading to a painless pop ; crack when swallowing (similar to sensation when driving up/down mountain or airplane takeoff/landing). It can be aggravated by allergies and/or upper respiratory infections. He may get some relief w/otc antihistamines ; decongestants or he may need "prescription strength" medications for allergies. Google has great images. ...Read more
Constant popping and pressure in ears, pain and stiffness in neck along with severe pressure headache? Being going on for months and progressing.
Side of head feels pressure, ear to jaw area been popping for. 3 weeks now. Not to much pain but want the popping to go away.
TMJ disorder: Temporo-mandibular disorder is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. Earache, neck clicking and popping, difficulty to swallow, headache and jaw pain are common symptoms. Proper diagnosis is the key to the successful treatment. See an orofacial pain practitioner for a consultation and management of the TMJ. ...Read more
I am 30 and never had blood pressure issues. I've had headache and ears popping for 2days. Bp is now 155/100. How can I get it back to normal?
Blood pressure: You will likely need medications if salt restricting alone doesn't work see your medical doctor soon. ...Read more
Ear popping and pressure (mostly around temples) along with mild headaches (usually later in the day) and occasional pain at the top of my head.
Sounds like: You may have some sinus inflammation and complicating eustachian tube dysfunction. You may want to consider a trial of Neti Pot use (as in saline irrigation for the sinuses) and safe steam exposure to see if things will open up. Otherwise a more formal HealthTap Prime consultation will allow for better guidance. As always if your symptoms worsen, see your doc in person. ...Read more
Light headache with popping ears and pressure at top of nose, what could be the cause? I've had the symptoms for a few weeks, but it is not constant.
U may have a: Sinus headache triggered by allergies or a sinusitis (if u have a green or bloody nasal discharge). An antihistamine may give relief, like Zyrtec.A sinusitis will require antibiotics. A cold could cause Increaced sinus pressure and popping (congested) ears. If persists, c ur doc.?? ...Read more
I have an etd in my left ear, the pressure is relieving but I still have ringing and the popping and cracking sensation. How long will these last for.
Eustachean: You need to get an exam by a doctor, preferably an ENT doc, to find out what the problem is. The most common cause of eustachean obstruction is nasal congestion in your age group. You may need a nasal steroid since oral decongestant does not work as well. ...Read more
Blood pressure is up, lots of head pressure (no pain), stiff neck, ears full and popping, feel shaky what could it be?
Sinusitis?: Sounds like a bad cold, Virus, sinusitis. When the eustacian tube (a tube which tries to keep pressure diff betw inner ear and mouth minimal) gets blocked by secretions one will have poppong. You certainly sound sick. Do you have any nasal discharge that is yellow or greenish, any fever? . You should see a Physician for a better opinion. ...Read more
Deep inside one of my ears it feels like fluid and pressure are there. Popping ears does not help at all. Not pain; just a fluid feeling, occasional pulses, but very deep. What does this sound like, and when should it warrant a trip to the doctor?
Answer: There is most likely fluid and mucous inside your Eustachian tube causing the blockage. If popping the ear does not help, try using a decongestant nasal spray such as Afrin or Neosynephrime in the nostril on the side of the blockage, drinking clear liquids, and avoiding dairy products. There is no hard and fast rule about this, but I will usually prescribe antibiotics after a week if unimproved. ...Read more
having extreme pressure in my head and ears. 2 vains one on each side are sticking out and sore? My jaw really tight and popping
I've been experiencing pressure in ears, causes dizziness, feeling off balance, ringing, constant popping, jaw popping. Relief w/ motrin. Wht cld ths be?
History of sinusitis. No longer congested, but have cracking, constant popping, and pressure fluctuation in my ears. Some minor noise sensitivity. Consistent with Eustachian tube dysfunction?
Yes: Get an ENT evaluation for Eustachin salpigitis: multiple medical therapies are avialble. ...Read more
Both ears popping and clicking. Right ear vibrates when brather thru nose. Slight headache. Also feel pressure and pain when right ear facing pillow?
Start with: A thorough TMJ evaluation by a dentist trained in treating TMJ disorders. ...Read more
Painless lump under my left ear above the end of the jaw, slight popping. Has been there almost a year. Ear pressure in right ear, headaches recently?
Multiple possibiliti: Consult either a TMJ oriented dentist and/or a physician because there are multiple possibilities in this most busy area of the body. Good luck. ...Read more
Inner ear pain/pressure for 3 mos. Been to an ent, no drainage/wax, MRI clear, use fluticasone 2x daily, popping ear exercise, no help...Pain daily.
Go see another ENT: You will benefit from a second opinion from another ENT doctor. ...Read more
Chronic dizziness vertigo feeling popping in the ears pressure around the eyes for 3 weeks. Ent found that my ear holding fluid causing the symptoms?
Upper respiratory: The description sounds like you are have sinus and middle ear pressure due to upper respiratory swelling/ inflammation/ congestion. The swelling blocks fluid drainage and causes pressure/ fluid buildup in the sinuses and ears. Allergy medication with decongestants may be helpful. Nasal decongestant sprays can also help. If this worsens, you need to see an ENT for further evaluation. ...Read more
Can tension headache cause ear pain? Nose keeps "popping"- extreme pressure of head behind eyes & all around and ear pain both ears
Constant sinus pressure, ears always popping. Sinus CT shows "probably mucus cyst on floor of right max sinus and slight deviation to right. Surgery?
Yes: Your ENT will want to remove it. It is possible they may elect to biopsy before completely removing. There are many different thing that this can be. A thorough diagnosis before treatment is important! ...Read more
Eye pressure, ear popping, headache, dizziness with light headness like passing out feeling. All normal mri. Sore cheeks, neck painful?
Feeling unbalanced like rocking forward to backward popping ears head pressure had CT scan and MRI of brain checked out fine what do I do next?
Constant ear popping (on swallow), tinnitus, irritation in throat, from last 2months. I can't feel pressure in ears when I do "valsalva maneuver".
My husband has had a ear problem for 3 years. N can't find out with it is even doctors that he has gone to. Feels a lot of presure and popping.
Seen ENT?: Has he seen an ear/nose/&throat specialist? They are doctors who have trained specifically in ear disorders and it would be recommended to see an ENT and get the problem diagnosed and treated. Good luck. ...Read more
Is there anything that can cause jaw popping/cracking sound w/ pressure and tingling on that side of face/head besides TMJ/TMD?
TMJ Disorder: When your jaw joints are misaligned or not working properly, the resulting pain and discomfort can extend far past your jaw. See a dentist or TMJ specialist. ...Read more
Been on lexapro (escitalopram) for almost 8 weeks and this week have head pressure, brain popping and dizziness on and off. Could lexapro (escitalopram) be cause? Please advise
Lexapro (escitalopram): Lexapro (escitalopram) has some side effects, and can even be experienced after taking for awhile. Some dizziness, lightheadedness, and even some head congestion are on the side effect profile. If it worsens go to the ER for an evaluation, or if not getting better in the next few days, I recommend seeing your personal physician. ...Read more
In 1996 facial trauma in 2005 severe head injury concussion intense pressure pushing out wards very tired. Severe popping sound on top of head.
See Neuro: With your History, it would be best for you to see a Dr. And get eval, a neuro Dr. If possible. Best wishes. ...Read more
Normal CXR, spirometry, EKG, & oximetry but weird "popping" sounds on inhaling. Could it be my allergies? Atopic but not on meds. Head pressure too
Popping: These sounds can happen when collapsed alveoli I late with inspiration. It can be without significant pathology being present ...Read more
Jaw laxity, popping, misalignment, right tempomandibular joint sunken, sharp tooth pain opening jaw, tongue feels to big, pain behind right eye when opening jaw, sensations on head when moving jaw, heightened gag reflex, pressure in teeth?
Evaluation: You have many symptoms that requires comprehensive evaluation and x-ray studies. Other tests may also be needed. I would recommend initial evaluation with your dentist who can make a referral to a TMJ specialist or other specialist, ...Read more
Why wouldn't my ears pop to equalize pressure? I get headaches, chronic but tolerable pain and little drainage in my right ear. 2+yrs.
Eustachian tube: You need to still try to pop your ears whenever you can. You need to make an appointment with an ear nose and throat doctor who can check a hearing and pressure test and check the ear for an external otitis you should have improvement soon. Good luck. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more
I have very narrow ear canals that become clogged easily. My doc told me to make my ears pop at least once a day to lessen pressure, is this safe?
Unrelated: Narrow ear canals have nothing to do with the recommendation of popping the ears. The narrow ear canals are genetic and may lead to difficulty in cleaning the ears if wax accumulates. Therefore the cleaning of ears, if necessary, should be performed by an ENT doctor. Popping the ears carefully only ventilates the middle ear space. Therefore the advice given to pop the ears may not be safe. ...Read more
My ears have been hurting the past couple days, feels like a lot of pressure and they pop. Why? Is there anything over the counter I can take?
You need to find out why your ears are hurting.
See ENT doc. ...Read more
I have all of the sudden developed pressure in my left ear that feels like it needs to pop but won't, and it's causing a bit of dizziness?
? inner ear: You may have an otitis media infection, but the symptoms could herald the onset of meniere's, and if hearing loss present, need to get this evaluated. Possible that eustacian tube is blocked which can happen in upper respiratory tract or sinus infection. Contact your primary doc. ...Read more
I have all of the sudden developed pressure in my left ear that feels like it needs to pop but won't, and it's causing a bit of dizziness.
Eustachian tube...: It sounds like your eustachian tube might be blocked, preventing your ear from equalizing pressure on either side of your ear drum. This can happen when you have cold symptoms like congestion. Drinking extra fluids can sometimes help loosed things up to reopen the tube. Also chewing gum, sucking on candy or yawning helps. Lastly, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or a nose spray like afrin can help open things up. ...Read more