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How can I alleviate allergy symptoms (watery eyes, runny nose, clogged ears, sneezing)?

How can I alleviate allergy symptoms (watery eyes, runny nose, clogged ears, sneezing)?

Many ways: The most common answer you will get from docs is "allergy meds". In addition, avoidance of the allergens is a powerful solution, but often difficult to achieve. Rinsing away those allergens from your nose can be hugely successful. Consider using a daily nasal rinse of saline. Like rinsing dust off your car, daily nasal saline rinses wash away allergens, virus, bacteria. Nice effect. Try it. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Rhinitis (Definition)

This is a symptomatic disorder of the nose characterized by inflamed nasal mucosa. Groupings of rhinitis exist triggered by infection, allergy, non-allergic triggers/exposure, meds, immune disorder, and/or structural problems in the nose. Symptoms can include itching, sneezing, congestion, watery/mucoid drainage, post-nasal drainage with sore throat, ear ...Read more


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Grand other, 87yo. 5'5" 149lbs. Chronic cold symptoms, 10yrs. Runny nose, clogged ears, dizziness, cough, hoarse throat. No allergies. Any ideas?

Grand other, 87yo. 5'5" 149lbs. Chronic cold symptoms, 10yrs. Runny nose, clogged ears, dizziness, cough, hoarse throat. No allergies. Any ideas?

Chronic sinusitis: The symptoms above are consistent with chronic irritation of the nose and throat. This can be caused by chronic sinus infections which also connect to the ear and cause dizziness. A Cat scan of sinuses can help. A more unlikely but possible cause is reflux disease. (GERD) While not typical, gastric fluid coming up in the throat during sleep can cause the symptoms as well. An ENT surgeon can help. ...Read more

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I've had a cough, runny nose & my ears are clogged for about 10 dys. There is flem, yet my throat gets super dry at times it tickles causing more cough?

I've had a cough, runny nose & my ears are clogged for about 10 dys. There is flem, yet my throat gets super dry at times it tickles causing more cough?

Acute sinusitis?: Sounds like you may have an acute sinusitis. Given the 10 day time frame, it could still be viral. I would start with guaifenisin (brand name mucinex) twice daily, use some topical nasal spray (afrin) and flush your nose with saline solution as much as you can tolerate. If you start having fevers or the cough becomes productive, or if this continues for 2 more weeks I would consult your physician. ...Read more

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Can a cold last for 2 weeks I have clogged ears runny nose cough I also had a flight and I am not very carefull I leave home after bath when 2 celsius?

Can a cold last for 2 weeks I have clogged ears runny nose cough I also had a flight and I am not very carefull I leave home after bath when 2 celsius?

After effects linger: It is possible to have a cold for 5-7 days, but to have lingering runny nose, postnasal drip, congestion of the nose, sinuses, and ears. If you are worsening or things suddenly worsen, " double sickening", then it may be a bacterial infection. You should consider seeing your doctor at this point ...Read more

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I have a runny nose and my left ear is clogged for about like a couple of weeks and it won't pop?

I have a runny nose and my left ear is clogged for about like a couple of weeks and it won't pop?

Nose: Sounds like allergies and if so antihistamines would help. Sometimes if the nose and the ear are clogged on the same side it could be related to your teeth. (Your dental nerve goes to those areas.) See an ENT to check it out ...Read more

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Woke up with left ear clogged. No cold or runny nose. Took allergy pill but no relief. No pain in ear. Just feel pressure and clogged.?

Woke up with left ear clogged. No cold or runny nose. Took allergy pill but no relief. No pain in ear. Just feel pressure and clogged.?

Eustachian tube: Hello, your ear symptoms are due to a eustachian tube dysfunction. The lining in your nose continues into the eustachian tube. Any condition affecting your nose will in turn cause ear symptoms. I would recommend afrin nasal spray as directed for 5 days. An otc decongestant can be used as directed thereafter for 7-10 days. If the symptoms persist, then see your ent. ...Read more

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Why do I have a cough, sore throat, runny nose, sometimes stuffy and my ears feels clogged

Why do I have a cough, sore throat, runny nose, sometimes stuffy and my ears feels clogged

Sinusitis: You may have sinusitis due to allergies which causes your nose to run, causing a post nasal drip and cough. Also the mucus can backflow into your ears and cause diminished hearing or a clogged up feeling. ...Read more

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Sore throat, congestion, headache at the temples of my head and clogged ears, runny nose. Do I have a cold?

Sore throat, congestion, headache at the temples of my head and clogged ears, runny nose. Do I have a cold?

Sinusitis: All your symptoms point to an Upper respiratory infection
involving your sinuses. Sunuses are in the forehead and cheekbones but pain can radiate to the temples. Check with your primary care
doctor for a thorough examination. ...Read more

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Sore throat stuffy/runny nose bad cough now my ears hurt they feel clogged do I have a ear infection or is this apart of a cold I am 35weeks pregnant?

Sore throat stuffy/runny nose bad cough now my ears hurt they feel clogged do I have a ear infection or is this apart of a cold I am 35weeks pregnant?

Better see your MD: Could still be a viral infection, but if you have all your upper airways and ears hurting, you would better seek medical advice, take care ...Read more

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Throat started hurting 2days ago ; ;clogged, runny nose, it hurts when I cough, and phlegm is yellow and sometimes chunky. Head hurts once a day.

Throat started hurting 2days ago ; ;clogged, runny nose, it hurts when I cough, and phlegm is yellow and sometimes chunky. Head hurts once a day.

Coughing: You have a bad cold. Mucus can flow backwards down your throat and irritate it and cause you to cough. If you cough hard enough it can cause a pressure wave to travel up to your head and give you a headache. Most colds caused by viruses. Best thing is probably chicken soup, Jewish "Penicillin". ...Read more

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Clogged ears mucus and stuff nose what do I do to clear it up?

Clogged ears mucus and stuff nose what do I do to clear it up?

URTI: It could be due to upper respiratory viral syndrome (urti). It usually gets better in 3-5 days, but if this persists you may need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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I have a really bad stuffy nose, nose also runs, bad cough, and clogged ears. Can't sleep at all, no over the counter meds are working?

I have a really bad stuffy nose, nose also runs, bad cough, and clogged ears. Can't sleep at all, no over the counter meds are working?

Xylitol: Xylitol is a natural sugar and breaks up biofilm in the body. That's where germs mulitply. It is found in a nasal spray called xlear (pronounced "clear") and in chewing gum called spry. Pleasant tasting too! Please see doc. Olive leaf extract is a good natural anti-microbial. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Sore thoat with little stuffy nose very lilttle drainage. Right ear feels clogged with little ringing in ear?

Sore thoat with little stuffy nose very lilttle drainage. Right ear feels clogged with little ringing in ear?

Cold virus: The cold virus can cause these symptoms. I would take some ibuprofen and sudafed (as long as you don't have high blood pressure) for 1-2 days. If the clogged, ringing sensation continues despite that, then see your doctor or urgent care. If you develop a fever over 101 then you may want to be seen sooner. ...Read more

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Why do my nose feel shut off on the right side, face, jaw, neck, front of shoulder and chest to the sternum feel swollen right ear feels clogged?

Why do my nose feel shut off on the right side, face, jaw, neck, front of shoulder and chest to the sternum feel swollen right ear feels clogged?

Infection: You could have a sinus and chest infection. I would see a doctor to confirm these interesting complaints. Please see one as soon as possible. Good luck ...Read more

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2 clogged ears sometimes unclog when I tilt my head I have seasonal allergies and a dry cough when I talk/breathe. Stuffy nose at night?

2 clogged ears sometimes unclog when I tilt my head I have seasonal allergies and a dry cough when I talk/breathe. Stuffy nose at night?

Eusthacian tube: Dysfunction. Otc Sudafed will take care of it. Also use such as antihistamin for allergies so the eustachian stays open. ...Read more

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What can I take to relieve my symptoms of burning nose, eyes, throat, along with stuffiness and clogged ears dry cough?

What can I take to relieve my symptoms of burning nose, eyes, throat, along with stuffiness and clogged ears dry cough?

OTC meds: Sounds like an allergy exacerbation or an early cold. I would recommend Claritin (loratadine) or claritin-d which are both over the counter (otc). ...Read more

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My ear feels clogged I do have some pain, then when I open and close my mouth everyone can hear the the crackling sound and it blowing my nose dose not help also I do not have water in it. Could it be an ear infection?

My ear feels clogged I do have some pain, then when I open and close my mouth everyone can hear the the crackling sound and it blowing my nose dose not help also I do not have water in it. Could it be an ear infection?

This: This could be eustachian tube disorder, but the fact that others can hear the crackling makes me think that another option could be your jaw joint--the temporo-mandibular joint (tmj). Disorders and pain in that area is often referred to the ears with multiple symptoms: pain, fullness, popping...The pain can radiate to the head and cause headaches, or down into the neck and throat areas. It is the most common cause of ear pain when the ear looks normal to a doctor. This can be evaluated by your primary care doctor or a dental surgeon. Most common treatment is NSAID medications and physical therapy--rarely surgery is needed. ...Read more

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Been having problem with my jaw and parts of my gum hurting plus stuffy nose and sore throat. Also have had clogged ears. Could it be sinus related?

Been having problem with my jaw and parts of my gum hurting plus stuffy nose and sore throat. Also have had clogged ears. Could it be sinus related?

Could be: But could also be viral or bacterial infection, with or without coincidental gum disease, infected teeth, TMJ dysfunction, infected ear, eustacian tube, tonsils, etc. In other words, please see your physian and possibly also your dentist for examination and definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is it? Sore throat and loss of voice two weeks ago, that cleared up and now deep cough with clogged ears and orange mucus in nose for a week.???

What is it? Sore throat and loss of voice two weeks ago, that cleared up and now deep cough with clogged ears and orange mucus in nose for a week.???

Different infection: Was sore throat now a different infection in the sinuses, use nasal saline if thick mucus, if worse see your dr. For antibiotic. Use antihistamine/decongestant pills and nasal steroid like fluticisone nasal spray; one spray to each nostril twice a day till better ...Read more

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What can I do for clogged ears feels like head in a fish bowl

Hello.: Hello. If your ears are clogged, it could be due to congestion. Congestion could create pressure on the eustacian tubes which normally can allow for pressure to equalize (or fluid to drain) as they connect the inside of the ear to the throat. You can try an oral decongestant or a nasal spray like afrin to help open up the area. If you use afrin, don't use any more often that twice a day for up to 3 to 5 days at the very longest. Hope your ears feel more comfortable soon. ...Read more

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My right ear feels clogged and I can hear my voice in my head when I talk. What could be the problem?

My right ear feels clogged and I can hear my voice in my head when I talk. What could be the problem?

See an Dr./ENT: Depending upon duration, severity and possible triggers, I would get into your dr., who may refer you to an ENT specialist to evaluate and test. ...Read more

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My right ear feels clogged up not sure what's causing it. It is not painful it's just super uncomfortable and my head feels heavy on the right side. Every time I pull my skin like when I tie my hair up it gets blocked. Could you tell me what's causing it

Otoscope!: The easiest way to figure this one out is have someone look in your ear with an otoscope. It's most likely wax build up or fluid trapped behind your eardrum. If you're not in pain, it's not likely to be an infection. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What can cause clogged ears and head pressure besides sinuses and cold?

What can cause clogged ears and head pressure besides sinuses and cold?

Impacted wax: If you have ruled out middle ear infection, sinusitis, and Eustachian tube obstruction, then there are 2 other possibilities for clogged ears. One is impacted wax and the other is referred symptoms from masticatory (jaw) muscle spasm. ...Read more

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My right ear feels clogged and hurts, right side of my neck hurts and the back of my head (on the right side). Any ideas?

My right ear feels clogged and hurts, right side of my neck hurts and the back of my head (on the right side). Any ideas?

Ear clog: It sounds like you have an ear infection. If this has been going on for a while, or is worsening, you need to have your ears checked and be placed on antibiotics. Google otitis media. ...Read more

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My ear feels clogged & hurts a bit, and tickles when I tilt my head right back and then forward also. What might be the cause?

My ear feels clogged & hurts a bit, and tickles when I tilt my head right back and then forward also. What might be the cause?

Wax buildup: Sounds like you have wax build up with some part that's loose.
See your pcp and have them examine and clean out your ear as needed. Don't try to do it yourself because you don't want to damage your ear drum especially if you have a large amount of wax buildup. ...Read more

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Can Afrin and Flonase thickin the fluid in Eustachian Tube? I used both yesterday 2 sprays in each nostril. My left ear feels clogged today.

Can Afrin and Flonase thickin the fluid in Eustachian Tube? I used both yesterday 2 sprays in each nostril. My left ear feels clogged today.

Not likely: Flonase does not reach optimum potency until used consistently for days. It is more likely that whatever causes one to use nose sprays in the first place results in inefficient Eustachian Tube drainage due to inflammation. Stay the course as advised by your physician. Make sure to review the warnings on these if using otc. ...Read more

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When exercising: clogged ears, raised heart rate, hard eyes, pulsating neck and head, red skin blotches on face, feels like walking on air why?

When exercising: clogged ears, raised heart rate, hard eyes, pulsating neck and head, red skin blotches on face, feels like walking on air why?

? physiologic: During exercise the heart rate, blood pressure, and cardiac output increase and can cause the ears to seem to be "stopped up" and cause the pulsations in the neck. Blood flow increases to the skin to help eliminate heat that the body is generating (flushed face). I suspect you may be hyperventilating to some degree and that causes numbness and tingling around the face, arms and legs. ...Read more

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I was just sick with nasal congestion, sore throat, and clogged ears. I know they are not infected, but how might I fix the blockage in my ears?

I was just sick with nasal congestion, sore throat, and clogged ears. I know they are not infected, but how might I fix the blockage in my ears?

Decongestant: Try OTC nasal decongestant but for no more than 5 days. If problem worsens or persists> a week, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Had a runny nose/stuffy ear about a week and a half after the cold had subsided. Normal? I also kissed a boy at a party do I have meningitis/meningoc

No: If you had Meningococcal meningitis you would not be asking the question. This rapidly progressive, often fatal illness does not leave much time for self indulgence. Your nose may be stuffy and runny for many reasons. If it keeps up and you find it disturbing, see a doctor. ...Read more

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Can I bathe my 1yr old she has a bit of clogged/runny nose?

Can I bathe my 1yr old she has a bit of clogged/runny nose?

Yes: Bathing during a cold/runny nose will not cause harm or convert the issue to anything worse. ...Read more

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A few days ago I started having a runny nose and now my ears hurt every time I yawn or cough. What is this?

Ear Pain: Greetings. The ear pain you are describing makes me think about a Eustachian Tube Dysfunction or possibly even Otitis Media. It sounds like you may have allergies that commonly precede Otitis Media or ETD. An antihistamine like Claritin, Zyrtec or Allegra may help. You can add Nasacort (triamcinolone) or Flonase too. All these medications are available over the counter. If it persists, see your ENT Doctor. ...Read more

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Stuffy ears that won't pop with runny nose & cough? For about 1-2wks now. Not extreme pain (0-2). Affects 1 ear then goes over to the next. Help!?

Runny nose: Your runny nose is causing some swelling in the back of your nose, near the opening of the eustachian tube, the tube that connects your nose and your ears. Usually related to cold or upper respiratory infection or even sinus infection. Try some nasal saline irrigation to clear out the mucous. Can also try an antihistamine, if allergies. If bacterial infection, you probably need to see your doc. ...Read more

Dr. Nayla Mumneh
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Runny Nose (Definition)

Mucus fluid from the nose, usually caused by ...Read more


Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Nasal (Definition)

NaSal is a nasal preparation which is a kind of ...Read more