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What Does A Clogged Ear Mean
Nasal decongestant: An ear that feels clogged or plugged is typically a sign of a eustachian tube that is not working properly. If you do not have a history of high blood pressure, you may try a nasal decongestant spray such as afrin 2 sprays each nostril every four hours, but do not use for more than three days as it could damage your nasal lining. If the clogged feeling persists 2 weeks, see doc for flonase. ...Read more
Colace (docusate sodium): If it's ear wax, you can use 4-5 drops of liquid stool softener, colace, or docusate, may have to ask pharmacist but not prescription. Place in ear for about 10 min while laying on your side, can do 2-3 times per week to break up earwax. If it's due to allergies/inner ear congestion, can take mucinex, (guaifenesin) chew gum, drink lots of water, and use saline nasal spray (in nose to open eustacian tube). ...Read more
Clogged ear: The ear feels clogged when the eustachian tube isn't working quite right. This happens with allergy flares, colds, sinus infections, even acid reflux, on occasion. Regardless of the cause, you can try nasal saline, either a spray or irrigation solution to clear the nose. Treat the underlying cause. You can also perform a valsalva maneuver or pinch your nose and blow. This pops the ear. ...Read more
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
I have a clogged ear. There has been hard white build up in the past. What can I do to clear the build up? How do I keep from getting this build up?
Cerumen: If the ear wax is solidly impacted, I'm afraid that the over the counter home irrigation kits with ceruminex or debrox won't be effective. To do the job a physician, physicians assistant or an otolaryngologist are best qualified to remove the impaction by skilled irrigation or aspiration techniques. To prevent further ear wax accumulation, put 1 drop of hydrogen peroxide in each ear once daily. ...Read more
Depends...: Clogged ear and ringing (tinnitus) may be indicative of several things, so it is best to see your doctor for an ear exam and possible hearing test. Although ear wax can sometimes cause this, hearing loss and certain inner ear conditions such as meniere's disease may result in ear fullness and tinnitus. Your doctor may refer you to an ENT for further evaluation. ...Read more
My 15 year old son has been complaining of a clogged ear, is there anything I can try to relieve it?
Depends: If he has allergies/congestion/etc it is likely poor Eustachian tube function and he can try chewing gum to let air back into his ear. If he makes plenty of wax, he may have packed it in with Q tips. They sell wax liquifier drops in the drug section of the supermarket. If neither seems to be the case let his doc look and decide how to proceed. ...Read more
My ear feels clogged and has a low ringing or humming noise what should do? Just started this morning
Hello.: Hello. I can't diagnose your symptoms. However, your eustacian tube (tube that goes from the inside of the ear and empties into the throat) may be closed off. That can create the sense of pressure and may be causing the ringing (tinnitus). Hydrate well. Consider use of an oral decongestant. You might also consider using a product like afrin (oxymetazoline) which is sprayed in the nose. Make sure that you don't use it more often that twice a day for a max of 3 to 5 days. Your symptoms may be the result of congestion. ...Read more
I have a clogged ear with no pain just annoyed it don't pop. Sometimes it gives me a slight headache. What can it be?
Clogged ear: It could be wax I the ear canal that has built up or it could be an ear infection. If you think it is wax, you could irrigate the ear with water or put peroxide into the ear (full strength or half strength) let it bubble for a few minutes then use a bulb syringe to get it out. You could also have your primary doctor check it out so the problem is solved before the long weekend. Good luk. ...Read more
Yes: See an otolaryngologist.Get a more detailed answer ›
You need an exam: To figure this out. Could be anything from wax to a ruptured eardrum with infection. Go get checked, if persists. ...Read more
My ear feels clogged I use some wax remover for like a week it still feels the same what can I do?
Have a clogged ear with cold no pain. What do I do next? I never experienced this, could it be an infection.
You may have some: Congestion pinching down on the eustachian tube. This could allow pressure to build up in your ear as you wouldn't be able to equalize pressure. Try taking a decongestant. Take care. ...Read more
Clogged ear after exercise? I often get a clogged or stuffy ear after I exercise. Why is this? What can I do to prevent it?
Clogged Ears: U might want to see an ENT physician to make sure u don't have too much wax inside or some infection. ...Read more
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?
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
I woke up with a clogged ear a couple days ago, I've tried all the home remedies to no avail. I feel it may be my sinuses. Any advice?
Clogged ears: You may be right, could be your sinuses, your nasal passages rather and your throat, are congested, middle ears are considered by ENT experts as part of the sinuses. You may want to use saline nasal wash, and salt water gargles to relieve the congestion, if no improvement in a day or two, see your doctor or ENT specialist, good luck ...Read more
Clogged ear, went to dr wednesday she said looked really red (ear infx). ear feels better better never used drop yet. Should I use drops? ?
Another question ear feels clogged maybe hurts. When I use that technique with air to clogg ear it almost causes it to get stuck I used ear drops?
Get checked: You should be seen. The clogged feeling can be from infection or fluid behind the eardrum or from an impaction of wax in the ear canal. ...Read more
I've been having what feels like a clogged ear, but it's also been hurting and itching. I now noticed a bit of black wax, something to worry about?
Ear blockage?: You need to see an otolaryngologist, or ear physician. Many conditions can do this, including a genetic predisposition to thicker ear wax, and the ear physicians can extract it if that is the problem; but do not wait....visit her/him now. Serious conditions may block an ear, and it's impossible to diagnose with such little information. So sorry. ...Read more
Blocked ear: A common cause could be wax buildup. Getting water in the ear or a Qtip abrasion can cause an outer ear infection, so called swimmer's ear. This is very painful. If you have allergies, this can cause swelling of the eustachian tube and a blocked feeling. Additionally, fluid can build up in the middle ear. A middle ear infection is possible, but usually also quite painful. See ENT MD. ...Read more
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