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It feels like I have liquid in my ear when I yawn or hold my nose and blow. What is that. ?

It feels like I have liquid in my ear when I yawn or hold my nose and blow. What is that. ?

Pressure change: The middle ear is a closed space, except for a "pop-off valve" called the eustachian tube. The maneuvers you describe can force the eustachian tube open leading to some small pressure changes in the middle ear. This may be the sound you are hearing. You might also have some actual fluid in the middle ear. A quick ear exam can help differentiate. ...Read more

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Recently, when I move, yawn or use my nose, my right ear gets stuffed and it gets hard for me to get it unstuffed. Also, I feel air locked in my ear. ?

Recently, when I move, yawn or use my nose, my right ear gets stuffed and it gets hard for me to get it unstuffed. Also, I feel air locked in my ear. ?

Eustachian tube: The eustachian tube opens with yawn or swallow and contracting palate. When the eustachian tube is swollen due to sinus congestion, allergies, virus', pressure changes or with cerumen (wax) impaction in ear canal, stuffy sensation can occur. This is treated with nasal steroid spray, decongestant and gentle autoinsufflation of ears (pinch nose and blow). See physician with persistent symptoms. ...Read more

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Sore throat. Runny nose stuffy at night. Ear feels like their is liquid in it and everytime i swalllow it hurts my ear.

Sore throat. Runny nose stuffy at night. Ear feels like their is liquid in it and everytime i swalllow it hurts my ear.

These symptoms: Without a fever may or may not prove infection. Pressure in sinuses and ears can cause pain. There is congestion as proven by the ear and the pain on swallowing may just be irritation of the throat and the nerve. You will need decongestant/antihistamine and perhaps a nasal spray but your doctor should decide whether you need antibiotics or not. Go get examined and find out. Good luck. ...Read more

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Recently I have noticed a fluttering sound in my ear. Im just curious to know what its caused by i've nose pinched+swallowed/yawned and nothing helps.

Recently I have noticed a fluttering sound in my ear. Im just curious to know what its caused by i've nose pinched+swallowed/yawned and nothing helps.

Trapped water?: You might have some water trapped behind some wax. The wax may need to be removed. An otolaryngologist (ear, nose , throat or ent) is the person who can best evaluate this. ...Read more

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I was dropping Debrox into my ear to loosen ear wax and yellow liquid immediately came out of my nose. Is this normal?

I was dropping Debrox into my ear to loosen ear wax and yellow liquid immediately came out of my nose.  Is this normal?

Tympanic Membrane: Hi Charles,

It seems that the debrox solution is leaking from your external ear canal into your middle ear, at which point it is draining through your nose (see image). This suggests that you have a perforation of your ear drum, or your "tympanic membrane" and that's how the debrox is leaking through. I suggest you have a doctor take a look in your ear canal to confirm if here is a perforation. ...Read more

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I get sharp/dull pains in my head and then liquid comes out of my ear. Also my face has been twitching I have been losing balance. What's wrong?

I get sharp/dull pains in my head and then liquid comes out of my ear. Also my face has been twitching I have been losing balance. What's wrong?

I do not know: But with all your symptoms, you need an evaluation asap, as they are concerning for an underlying medical issue. Liquid coming from year, balance issues, etc. may certainly be indicative of some inner ear infection or issue. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Woke at midnight to blow nose and right ear got muffled and stuffy. Slept being worried and now it's still there after hours. Yawning isn't helping.

Woke at midnight to blow nose and right ear got muffled and stuffy.  Slept being worried and now it's still there after hours.  Yawning isn't helping.

Plugged ears: This is often from congestion in the nose often from a cold or allergies. If it is from a cold, one may try an OTC nasal decongestant spray for up to 5 days (and no more). If from allergies, one may try an OTC nasal spray for as long as you need. If problem persists, see doctor. ...Read more

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My left ear feel blocked after i insert some liquid medicine. One whole night and still not go away. Blow my nose and no hole in ear. Is it serious?

My left ear feel blocked after i insert some liquid medicine. One whole night and still not go away. Blow my nose and no hole in ear. Is it serious?

Not serious: You may just be plugged with ear wax. A doctor can look in your ears and tell within seconds if that is the problem. Don't poke in there yourself, you might make things worse. Good luck! ...Read more

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Everytime I yawn my ears pop but I have to hold my nose and suck inwards for them to go normal again?

Everytime I yawn my ears pop but I have to hold my nose and suck inwards for them to go normal again?

Ventillation problem: You are having a dysfunction of your eustachian tube, the tube from the middle ear to the back of the throat. This tube allows equalization of the pressure in the middle ear and drains fluid and mucous. You may have allergies or a viral infeciton. If this has been going on for some time, see your pcp, allergist or ENT doctor. Further evaluation may be needed. ...Read more

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I am getting over brutal cold.On completion of a huge yawn, my left ear suddenly clogged up & can't hear.Already plugged nose&mouth&blew. Suggestions?

I am getting over brutal cold.On completion of a huge yawn, my left ear suddenly clogged up & can't hear.Already plugged nose&mouth&blew. Suggestions?

Sinus rinse: I would recommend that you rinse your sinuses with something like the neil med sinus rinse kit. The issue with the hearing is likely related to some of your secretions getting into your eustatian tube(it runs from your middle ear to the back of your throat) and middle ear . That should get better with time you could also use decongestants to help (psuedoephedrine). ...Read more

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I have a cold and i blew my nose and now my ear feels stopped up what is this?

Pressure : When you blew your nose, pressure increased in your oropharynx and air went through your eustachian tube to your inner ear. It is no big deal and the pressure should release itself without any significant issue. ...Read more

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Ok so i was laying down and my ear felt like it got blocked and when i was blowing my nose i could here a bell in that ear what could cause this?

Ok so i was laying down and my ear felt like it got blocked and when i was blowing my nose i could here a bell in that ear what could cause this?

Congestion in ear: Inner ear congestion can cause a full feeling in your ear, and as sound travels through the fluids, it can make noises referred to the ear when blowing your nose, as there is a connection with the eustachian tube in your oral cavity. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My ear has been plugged for like four days and I tried to hold my nose and my breath but it hurts ?

My ear has been plugged for like four days and I tried to hold my nose and my breath but it hurts ?

Needs evaluated: Best to have someone (doc, np or pa) and make sure you canal is not occluded with cerumen(wax) and evaulate your typanic membrane (middle ear). ...Read more

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How can I unblock my ear without holding my nose and blowing?

How can I unblock my ear without holding my nose and blowing?

Many ways: The eustachian tube connects the very back of your nose to the middle ear. This tube is generally collapsed shut at rest and must be opened to allow the pressure to equalize in the ear. The tensor tympani muscle passes around the opening of this tube and when contracted helps to keep it open. You can do this by swallowing, yawning, chewing gum, or attempting to blow out your nose while swallowi. ...Read more

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How to clear a stuffy nose without hurting my ear by blowing?

How to clear a stuffy nose without hurting my ear by blowing?

Blow more gently.: The best way to get rid of this is to blow your nose and get it out. Sometimes your nose can be swollen from the flu, so nasal decongestants and cough medicine may be needed. Allergies can cause this, like hay-fever in the spring and summer, so a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) might help. All these things help depending on why your nose is stuffed. ...Read more

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Just did neti pot for first time, my ear is feeling weird and making squeaky noises when blowing my nose. Normal?

Just did neti pot for first time, my ear is feeling weird and making squeaky noises when blowing my nose. Normal?

Eustachian tube: When using a nedi-pot, the warm solution goes into the back of the nose. It is very possible that the solution may have gone into the eustachian tube and settled in the middle ear space. This should resolve without any treatment. However, if it does not resolve in 2 weeks, see an ENT doctor for diagnosis and management. ...Read more

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