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I have an earache and my ear feels full and has a little bit of clear drainage. What should I do?

I have an earache and my ear feels full and has a little bit of clear drainage. What should I do?

Earache: Is drainage from ear or nose/throat? May be "swimmer's ear" infxn of outer canal (try otc products for that & heat to ear) or middle ear infxn or eustachian tube inflammation (for latter 2 conditions, otc decongestant like sudafed may help alleviate symptoms). If not better in couple days, or if worse, see fp/ent for exam. Remember: no q-tips in ear canals! ...Read more

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I was on a flight. My ears ached during descent. I got out of the shower this morning and my ear feels full. I am flying again tonight, is it safe?

I was on a flight. My ears ached during descent. I got out of the shower this morning and my ear feels full. I am flying again tonight, is it safe?

Use a decongestant: Use a decongestant before you fly. You can check with your doctor but some people will take an oral decongestant to open up your ear pssages. Others will use a decongestant nasal spray. Youer physiciasn can advise which is the best for you ...Read more

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For 5 days now I have woke up in the morning and my ears feel full and and hardly hear could I have sinus infection?

For 5 days now I have woke up in the morning and my ears feel full and and hardly hear could I have sinus infection?

Hearing loss: There are several causes for hearing loss and ear fullness. You should make an appointment with your doctor for an exam and diagnosis. Good luck. ...Read more

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For 4 Days my ears feel full and stuffed. I am taking a decongestant but it is doing nothing. No pain; just when talking it sounds hollow?

For 4 Days my ears feel full and stuffed. I am taking a decongestant but it is doing nothing. No pain; just when talking it sounds hollow?

Eustachian tube: The sensation of ear fullness and decreased hearing can be related to blockage of the eustachian tube (the tube that runs from your middle ear space to the back of your nose) or from fluid which has accumulated in the middle ear space. Decongestants can sometimes help, but occassionally nasal steroids or antibiotics are required. ...Read more

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Very little sinus drainage. But everyone that talks to me sounds robotic and my ears feel full some pressure and can't hear very well.?

Very little sinus drainage. But everyone that talks to me sounds robotic and my ears feel full some pressure and can't hear very well.?

Sinusitis.: This could still be sinusitis or allergies. Especially with a sinus infection, the fluid produced can become so thick and viscous that it doesn't drain; rather, it gets stuck in the sinus chambers, causing pressure that can extend up the Eustachian tubes to the inner ears. ...Read more

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My ears need to pop, but I can't get them to. The pressure is off. My ears feel full. Every time I move my jaw muscles I hear crackling.

My ears need to pop, but I can't get them to. The pressure is off. My ears feel full. Every time I move my jaw muscles I hear crackling.

Don't pop them: You could blue out the tympanic membrane so do not pop them. You could have a few issues with the eats so it is best to see your doctor for evaluation and treatment ...Read more

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Hi, I feel my jaws and neck (front area near adams apple) are too tight and sore, I feel like m being strangled. My ears feel full as well.?

Hi, I feel my jaws and neck (front area near adams apple) are too tight and sore, I feel like m being strangled. My ears feel full as well.?

Current cold etc??: There is a large lymph system/branch on either side of the neck/jaw areas and they are like the garbage collectors of the body as well as other lymph node areas in the body. They can swell or feel swollen (tight) when a patient is going through a cold or has just at a cold, allergies ets. Ears full is a good indication that something systemic (system wise) is going on as well. I'd see you MD. ...Read more

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My ear feels full and I have pressure around my temple. My doctor said I had a block eusachian tube but another doctor said my ear was clear.

My ear feels full and I have pressure around my temple. My doctor said I had a block eusachian tube but another doctor said my ear was clear.

ENT specialist: The opinions of the two doctors are not necessarily in conflict, the ear may be clear and the eustachian tube may still be blocked. It would be prudent to consult and ENT specialist. ...Read more

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Spotted blood 2 weeks before my period, my breast hurt and my nibbles are rock hard and sting very much. My ears feel full and ringing and feel really bloated?

Spotted blood 2 weeks before my period, my breast hurt and my nibbles are rock hard and sting very much. My ears feel full and ringing and feel really bloated?

Late menses: I sounds as if you may have conceived. I suggest a home preg. Test, and then schedule a appt. With your gyn independent of the results. Unfortunately you are appraching menopause, and you may not be pregnant. ...Read more

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Been taking augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) since 6/11, for an ear & sinus infection. My ear feels full of fluid. How long before my ear drains?

Been taking augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) since 6/11, for an ear & sinus infection. My ear feels full of fluid. How long before my ear drains?

Family practice: You may have eustachion tube dysfunction. Infection could be clearing but your ear still feels full. Try taking a decongestant. This may help resolve the swelling. See your dr if it persists longer than 2 weeks. ...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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I have been using ear wax removal for 4 days. My ear still feels full. & hurt. What should I do?

I have been using ear wax removal for 4 days. My ear still feels full. & hurt. What should I do?

Ear pain: Hello, this is a perfect time to see your ENT physician. After using the wax softening drops, a simple cleaning will probably solve your problems. I recommend using the drops for the first few days of each month to keep the ears free of wax. ...Read more

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I currently have a cold, and my left ear feels full. I can't hear very well out of it. Would cleaning out the wax help relieve the fullness?

I currently have a cold, and my left ear feels full. I can't hear very well out of it. Would cleaning out the wax help relieve the fullness?

No: The fullness you are feeling is likely pressure behind your ear drum. It is the Eustachian tube that often fills with fluid and is swollen. If you try Valsava maneuvers to try to open up the Eustachian tube it may help. Blowing into a blocked straw or puffing out your checks, holding your breath and swallowing might help. All the best and I hope you feel better. ...Read more

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I have been having an itching/tingling sensation in my ear canals for 4 days now. My ears also feel full of pressure. It happens happens throughout the day and it wakes me up at night. What is this?

I have been having an itching/tingling sensation in my ear canals for 4 days now. My ears also feel full of pressure. It happens happens throughout the day and it wakes me up at night. What is this?

Go to doctor ASAP.: You could have an inflammation called otitis externa. You need to see your family doctor as soon as possible or go to an emergency room or even a quick care clinic to get and antibiotic. Oit is highly possible that you can also have an otitis media. ...Read more

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When I blow my nose, my right ear feels full and pops but with air/water leaking out of my right eye. Is this normal? My left ear is fine

When I blow my nose, my right ear feels full and pops but with air/water leaking out of my right eye. Is this normal? My left ear is fine

Nose-blowing: Your upper airway connects to your middle ear by the Eustachian tube, and your eye connects via the lacrimal duct. Blowing your nose forces air in both cases - so yes, this is entirely normal. The fullness in your ear may indicate fluid/congestion in your ear, or an ear infection (if pain and fever). ...Read more

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23yo female why does my ears and head feel full?

See your doc: Among other causes, these may be symptoms of cerumen impaction (excessive earwax inside of ear canals) or sinusitis. Your doc should be able to help, both are treated differently. Be safe! ~F.MD ...Read more

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My right ear feels so full. What homeremedy can I do?

My right ear feels so full. What homeremedy can I do?

Try saline: I am not aware of any home remedies that specifically treat ear fullness. The sensation may be temporary, lasting a few hours to a day or two. Could last longer, particularly if you have nasal congestion from a cold or allergies. Try saline to clear nasal mucus and decrease nasal congestion. You may also want to see your primary provider for additional therapy. ...Read more

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I have tubes in my ears. The left feels full and it hurts.

I have tubes in my ears. The left feels full and it hurts.

Xylitol: Xylitol is a natural sugar and breaks up biofilm in the body. That's where germs multiply. It is found in a nasal spray called Xlear (pronounced "clear") and in chewing gum called Spry. There is a tooth paste version too. It is used to prevent the need for ear tubes. Please do whatever your doc says. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I've been suffering from vertigo for 10 years. Sometimes I feel A pressure that goes for my chest to my ears and they feel full what could this be?

I've been suffering from vertigo for 10 years. Sometimes I feel A pressure that goes for my chest to my ears and they feel full what could this be?

Intermittent chest p: Intermittent chest pressure that is or is not associated with vertigo should be evaluated in person. This could be intermittent angina, anxiety, or unusual symptoms from the vertigo. These symptoms would need further work up in the office. ...Read more

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My left ear feels clogged/full and then becomes painful. Could it be from environmental allergies?

My left ear feels clogged/full and then becomes painful. Could it be from environmental allergies?

Maybe: Ear congestion and popping can result from nasal congestion from nasal allergies. If the symptoms are intermittent and involve either ear intermnittently, that may be the case. See your doctor to rule out an ear infection and then start a steroid nasal spray to improve your nasal congestion and minimize your ear symptoms. ...Read more

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Been coughing up mucous and a running nose for about a month and for 2 weeks my ears started to feel full and with a high pitch ring what is this?

Been coughing up mucous and a running nose for about a month and for 2 weeks my ears started to feel full and with a high pitch ring what is this?

Upper respiratory: You should be evaluated for allergies, and get a good explanation of possible causes, like environmental, animals, etc. Many patients have "cough variant asthma", not classic "wheezing". A sinus infection can occure in inflamed nasal and sinus tissues, which often requires care which can't be done with otc meds. Mucous may cover the tube in the throat leading to ear symptoms and ringing. ...Read more

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My left ear were I had a ear infection is gone but now my right ear now feels full can my ear infection have moved to my other ear?

My left ear were I had a ear infection is gone but now my right ear now feels full can my ear infection have moved to my other ear?

Nasal blockage: Given a history of asthma, you likely have hay fever as well. The nasal swelling leads to obstruction at the tubes ventilating the inner ear leading to fluid in the ear. Thus your problem was not from the infection shifting from one side to the other but rather by not controlling the nasal congestion. Consult your doctor get something to open up your nose. ...Read more

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What could clear or milky fluid sitting in ear be. Doesn't smell, happens daily ish, not lots of fluid but happens after I feel my ear become full.?

What could clear or milky fluid sitting in ear be. Doesn't smell, happens daily ish, not lots of fluid but happens after I feel my ear become full.?

Old Ear Drum Rupture: Have you had a history of trauma? Diving, or smacking your head when jumping into the water? Possible perforation, collection of fluid, then draining, if chronic, then never healed, consistent with a wet perforation. Another condition which can cause some of your symptoms would be cholesteotoma. Both of these require care with an Ear Specialist, an Otologist. Your Doctor can refer you. ...Read more