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Relieve Pressure Ear
Ear pressure: This is a problem where your Eustachian tube isn't working well and you develop negative pressure or a small vacuum in your ears. This is common. First try to counteract the pressure by pinching your nose and blowing...this should "Pop" the ears. If not, use some nasal decongestant sprays to open this up and then try popping the ears. Next try nasal steroids, like Flonase OTC...keep popping ...Read more
Ear Pressure: One of the most common causes of ear pressure is that the eustachian tube is not working very well. Hearing loss can also be a symptom of hearing loss. Best to have this evaluated with a hearing test with an accompanying pressure test or tympanogram. A variety of treatment options are available. Recommend visiting with an ENT specialist to discuss diagnosis and treatment options. ...Read more
ENT 1st consider TMJ: Ear problems need to be first considered by an ENT and if a negative finding is reached consider the possibility of a TMJ condition. ...Read more
Decongestants: Promoting drainage from an obstructed sinus outlet is one major factor, along with antibiotics. This can be helped along by irrigation with saline/bicarb solutions, nasal steroids, oral decongestants (pseudoephedrine), and other similar products. Use of a mild painkiller like aspirin, tylenol (acetaminophen) or other n0n-steroidal anti-inflammatories may also help. ...Read more
I tried to relieve pressure in my ears by holding my nose and now I have pain in my right ear I've had a cold for a few days
The eustachian tube is a structure that goes from the middle ear to the back f the nose whose job is to equalize ear pressure. It is what "pops" when you are in an airplane or fast moving elevator. During a cold, this tube may not function due to swelling or edema. So when you popped your ears to attempt to relieve the pressure, the eustachian tube may have locked and led to pain. Other possibilities is that the cold progressed to an ear infection.
If you don't have high blood pressure, try afrin (oxymetazoline) in the nose for one or two days to relieve the pressure or see a primary doctor or ent. Do not take the medication for more than 3 days or rebound rhinitis may develop. ...Read more
Ear pressure for 3wks. Have allergies, take meds. Ears are able to be popped, but it doesn't relieve the pressure feeling. Ear drum mobile, no fluid in me, and normal tympanograms. Any insight?
You need: To have better control of your allergy. You need to take a decongestant histamine and at times two kinds of prescription nasal steroids if that severe. At times an additional oral histamine in the morning! See your doctor if no better. May need referral to allergist or ENT specialist depending on your needs. You can chew gums and yawn to help open up the eustachian tubes, . ...Read more
Afrin (oxymetazoline): Try afrin (oxymetazoline) or try performing a valsalva maneuver - pinch your nose and gently "blow" air out of your nose while at the same time bearing down like you are lifting something. This will force air up your eustachian tube and expand the middle ear and prevent traction on the ear drum which is what causes the pain and fullness during descent. ...Read more
Steam inhalation: I would try steam inhalation with vicks that can open up eustachian tubes (canals connecting back of your throat to ears) and relieve congestion/pressure from ears sometimes. ...Read more
ITs safe to use, but: I'm not sure it will relieve pressure in your ear, but it is worth a try ...Read more
Decongestant: Oxymetozaline (afrin, dristan, nasivin, logicin, Vicks sinex, visine l.R., sudafed om, and zicam) can all help. Don't use more than several days in succession. You might also try nasal rinses with neti pot (ask your friendly pharmacist). Also, steroid nasal spray may help. ...Read more
Blocked eustachian tubes often get better on their own. You may be able to open the blocked tubes with a simple exercise. Close mouth, your nose, and gently blow as if blowing your nose. Yawning and chewing gum also may help. You may hear or feel a "pop" when the tubes open to make the pressure equal between the inside and outside of your ears.
If still persistent, MD may prescribe steroid spray. ...Read more
See doctor: If the ear infection has been documented by your doctor, then using a nasal decongestant spray, nasal steroid spray, or even a short course of prednisone may be considered. The next step would be treatment with an antibiotic. Some studies argue against the use of abx but I would certainly want it myself if I were suffering from the throbbing pain. ...Read more
Woke up with feeling of fullness/pressure in ear. It goes away when head is tilted left or right. Tried cleaning but only relieves it temporarily.
Please have your doctor refer you to an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor.
I have experienced an ear blow out several thousand feet up in the air. It was awful as you might imagine.
Do not delay!
Please let me know how things work out. ...Read more
Been having light-headedness and sometimes pressure in my ear for the past few days. How can I get a quick relief?
See doctor: You need to have a diagnosis and then treatment plan. Could be caused by many things. See your doctor to evaluate correctly ...Read more
Could TMJ cause ear fullness / pressure sensations? If so, is there anything I can do when feeling the pressure to relieve it and confirm tmj? Thanks!
Treat TMJ: If the TMJ is causing the ear symptoms, the best way to get rid of the ear symptoms is to treat the TMJ. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals. ...Read more
My brother's ear has been congested for the past several weeks - do you think it has to do with the wet weather across the region? He says the condition lasts throughout the morning before it "pops" and relieves pressure. Thanks.
Ear problem of: Several weeks means a trip to the doctor. Your brother MAY have an infection. Peace and good health. ...Read more
That your problem may be water and WAX (often its the wax which "sticks" to the water making it difficult to relieve the pressure. Suggest an OTC wax remover (example only not recommendation) such as MURINE EAR SYSTEM. Ask your phrmacist and also purchase a large ear syringe (I find the small ones provided with the ear wax remover are too small to be effective)
Hope this helps!
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Pressure in head and ears. No sinus problems. Mri clear. Had for 2 months no relief with meds. Feels like someone pushing down on head and ears pop?
Pressure headache front and back of head, ears, and down eyes. For a week. Its been hothumid too, can't find relief I don't normally get these, help?
May be sinus: You may have a sinus infection. I would see your primary care doctor. If they agree, they may want to give you a round of antibiotics. ...Read more
AM taking methylprednisolone for clogged ears. Ringing, pressure. Starting 3rd day. When will get relief?
I often have a little pressure in my left ear, but swallowing or holding my nose&applying pressure (like on a plane or elevator)doesn't relieve it.?
No great treatment: Unfortunately there are no excellent treatments for eustachian tube dysfunction. I think trying to pop your ears a couple of times a day helps in some cases. If you have allergy symptoms of nasal congestion or drainage, then antihistamines and steroid nasal sprays can help. If you do not, they likely won't help. Sudafed has not been shown to help either. If bothersome see an ent. ...Read more
Chronic pressure in ears for 4 years now. Tmj doc&2 ents say looks fine. Pain=unbearable. I won't do it, but I feel like slicing open my ear drums myself for any relief. Hearing is excellent. What now?
Second opinions: Keep asking different dentists and medical for a diagnosis before treatment. ...Read more