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Doctor insights on: I've Had Bad Cold Coughing And Sinus Draining Blood Yesterday When Blew Nose Today When My Left Ear Drains It Has Blood

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My left ear started hurting really bad when blowing my nose today, and I feel congested and fatigued. Could this be the start of a sinus infection?

My left ear started hurting really bad when blowing my nose today, and I feel congested and fatigued. Could this be the start of a sinus infection?

Viral infection: Congestion, fatigue, runny nose- these are symptoms consistent with a viral upper respiratory tract infection. The left ear pain may be due to pressure building up in the middle ear because of blockage the tube that drains this region. I suggest you visit the pharmacy and ask them about over the counter decongestants and other supportive meds to relieve your discomfort. ...Read more

Dr. James Krick
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Sinus (Definition)

In anatomy, a sinus is a cavity within a bone or other tissue. Most commonly found in the bones of the face and connecting with the nasal cavities. Sinus (anatomy), description of the general term paranasal sinuses, air cavities in the cranial bones, especially those near the nose, including: the maxillary sinuses, also called the maxillary antra and the largest of the ...Read more


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I have had a cold/allergies for the past week with a lot of draining. I now hear echoing vibrations when I talk in my left ear. What is causing this?

I have had a cold/allergies for the past week with a lot of draining. I now hear echoing vibrations when I talk in my left ear. What is causing this?

The tube: From your nose to your ear (eustacian tube) is clogged with mucous). Try Mucinex to thin it, Nasonex (mometasone) which is recently over the counter to fight the allergies, and afrin each night, as if you use it more often the congestion will worsen, to decongest the tube. Oral decongestants do not work. ...Read more

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My four-year-old daughter has blood draining from her left ear. She had tubes put in 18 months ago.

My four-year-old daughter has blood draining from her left ear. She had tubes put in 18 months ago.

It happens: This could be a sign a tube is detaching from the drum and sometimes a little bleeding results. The kid could also have put a foreign object in the canal & scratched it. It is worth an office visit to verify the source, but can wait until regular office hours. ...Read more

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My left ear feels full and stopped up. It has a clear sticky somewhat smelly fluid draining from it. It does not really hurt. What could this be?

My left ear feels full and stopped up. It has a clear sticky somewhat smelly fluid draining from it. It does not really hurt. What could this be?

Ear infection: Middle ear infections with foul purulent discharge are usually not painful. Please see an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Recently I got told I had otitis media with effusion and ringing started in my left ear, does this ringing go away when the fluid drains out?

Recently I got told I had otitis media with effusion and ringing started in my left ear, does this ringing go away when the fluid drains out?

Usually yes: Otitis media is an ear infection. In bacterial ear infections, it can take a month for the fluid in the ear to completely resolve. The fluid may be causing the ringing. If the ringing does not go away, you should be re-evaluated. ...Read more

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My eustachian tube has been blocked for 3 years I just got the tube put in my left ear, but how is the fluid ever gonna drain if it's a hard paste?

My eustachian tube has been blocked for 3 years I just got the tube put in my left ear, but how is the fluid ever gonna drain if it's a hard paste?

PET: Greetings. Having had a Pressure Equalization Tube inserted into your ear will help restore the proper middle ear pressure. It will be that of the atmosphere since the tube in your ear drum will bypass your Eustachian Tube. Your surgeon would have suctioned the middle ear fluid prior to inserting the tube. Fluid recurrence will only occur if the tube become blocked. ...Read more

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Since last september I have had draining in both ears. The past two days I have had tightness in my left ear and jaw. What could this be?

Since last september I have had draining in both ears. The past two days I have had tightness in my left ear and jaw. What could this be?

Thoughts...: With ear and jaw tightness we think of pressure or fluid behind the ear drum, inflammation or irritation of the TMJ joint, even dental cavities can cause symptoms that can refer to the ear (but this is more likely to cause pain). ...Read more

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My left ear feels like it is clogged how can I relieve this? I went to the doctor on monday and he treated me for a sinus infection. He gave me anti-biotics and nasal spray. I seem to be doing better except for my left ear feels like it is clogged and whe

My left ear feels like it is clogged how can I relieve this? I went to the doctor on monday and he treated me for a sinus infection. He gave me anti-biotics and nasal spray. I seem to be doing better except for my left ear feels like it is clogged and whe

This: This is likely due to eustachian tube problems caused by the sinus infection. The antibiotics will clear the infection and help with the inflammation. The nasal spray is possible a steroid spray to decrease inflammation, or a decongestant to decrease edema. The positional component to the symptoms could be due to mucous in the middle ear. Sometimes ear symptoms take a while to clear even after the sinus issues are over. ...Read more

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I have to sing in 2 days and I have remnants of a head cold that include sinus draining and a raspy voice. What should I do to clear it away for good?

I have to sing in 2 days and I have remnants of a head cold that include sinus draining and a raspy voice. What should I do to clear it away for good?

Voice rest: Strict voice rest, no throat clearing, increase water intake, consider a nasal steroid spray, consider a temporary stomach acid pill, and a physician may give an oral or injectable steroid. Good luck, hope it goes well. ...Read more

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I can hear thru my left ear my heart beat and blood rushing into my head. What is happening?? Never had before. Scared

I can hear thru my left ear my heart beat and blood rushing into my head. What is happening?? Never had before. Scared

Pulsatile tinnitus: Many things can cause this. Elevated blood pressure, plaque build up in the carotid arteries, muscular spasms of the muscles of the middle ear cavity, certain types of hearing loss, tumors. A detailed history and physical examination can aid a physician to properly investigate it. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Common Cold (Definition)

An upper respiratory tract infection, or URI, is a condition where there is a viral infection of the nose or throat, causing redness and inflammation, runny ...Read more