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My left ear is plugged where i can't hear very good. I did have a head cold a week ago and this is what I have left. What to do what home remedy or drugstore cure for a plugged ear from a head cold or sinuses

Plugged : Plugged ears after a cold is very common. This may be due to swelling of the eustachian tube so that the ear cannot equalize pressure or from direct inflammation of the middle ear. If there is no active infection in the ear, then the best treatment is just waiting for it to recover. Some people may get benefit from over-the-counter decongestants. Your doctor may start a nasal steroid spray. There is no proof that these speed recovery. Unfortunately, symptoms can lst 2-3 months. If there is persistent fluid in the middle ear past that time, an ear tube may need to be placed. ...Read more

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I have had a plugged ear for about one day from swimming all weekend. Can a blow dryer help remedy the problem?

I have had a plugged ear for about one day from swimming all weekend.  Can a blow dryer help remedy the problem?

Probably not: You probably need to have it checked - there are 3 possibilities - swimmer ear, wax impaction or infection behind the ear drum. Drying the ear canal at this point with a blow dryer won't help. ...Read more

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What do I have? What treatment is suggested? I have severe throat pain, characterized by swelling on the lateral (glands?) and a feeling of a lump in my throat. Profuse amounts of phlegm from all orifices except eyes and ears. Right ear is plugged. Inc

If : If you have not done so already please see your doctor. You could be dealing with a throat infection (pharyngitis), bronchitis, ear infection, and/or allergies. You may need antibiotics. In the meantime you can try over the counter mucinex to thin the phlegm and make it easier to cough up and out, and Ibuprofen for pain. I hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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What are some home remedies for an ear infection, I believe I have one, my ear is plugged and I have itchy eye and a runny nose.?

What are some home remedies for an ear infection,  I believe I have one, my ear is plugged and I have itchy eye and a runny nose.?

Pain?: We often get fluid behind our eardrums when we get a cold or have bad allergies. This doesn't always mean the fluid is infected. If you have not pain and it just feels plugged, then it is likely fluid that will go away and doesn't need treatment. If you have a lot of pain and fever, then it may be infected. If you often have itchy eyes and runny nose, you might seek allergy treatment. ...Read more

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My ears always seem to be plugged up because of wax build up. What's an easy, non painful way to clean them out at home?

My ears always seem to be plugged up because of wax build up. What's an easy, non painful way to clean them out at home?

OTC wax removal: Over counter get ear wax removal ear drops , try it twice a day , follow directions.Another choice is put 5-6 drops of hydrogen peroxide into your ear , wait few minutes and let it drain. Usually it helps to loosen up the dry wax and comes out by itself. ...Read more

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What is home remedy for ear discomfort in a 2 year old child?

What is home remedy for ear discomfort in a 2 year old child?

Warm Washcloth: If you prefer not to give ibuprofen, try warming a washcloth, not too hot, and having the child lay it over the affected ear. This will provide some temporary relief, repeat as needed. If you are looking for a medicine to give, then of course ibuprofen will help! ...Read more

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What can I do for my blocked ear. My wax build up is a bit much. I need a home remedy. Do you have one ?

What can I do for my blocked ear. My wax build up is a bit much. I need  a home remedy. Do you have one ?

Peroxide then flush: Generally it helps to use hydrogen peroxide to soften the wax and use a bulb syringe or waterpik to then flush it out. See http://www.Myhomeremedies.Com/topic.Cgi?Topicid=2153 for details. If the wax build-up is too much it may be beyond your ability to deal with at home and might require a doctor's visit to clear it out. ...Read more

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Home remedy for ringing in ears and dizziness after passing out and hitting head?

Home remedy for  ringing in ears and dizziness after passing out and hitting head?

Likely concussion: The tinnitus and dizziness could be from a concussion especially if it is not localized to one ear. Concussion symptoms will improve over time. If it is one ear then you might have labyrinthine concussion where the force delivered to the temporal bone that houses the ear causes hearing loss, tinnitus, and vertigo. See ENT if just one side. More importantly is why u passed out. Discuss with pcp. ...Read more

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Home remedy for an ear ache on one side?

Home remedy for an ear ache on one side?

Olive oil,garlic jui: The following home remedies have been recommended olive oil garlic juice whole onion cooked and wrapped in a piece of cloth and applied locally on the ear juice freshly squeezed from pepperment leave ginger juice etc as a matter of fact all these have been recommended and may or may not help, but if it persist you should seek medical help. ...Read more

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