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Dr. Anifat Balogun
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Why do my ears feel stuffy and clogged?

Why do my ears feel stuffy and clogged?

Stuffy, clogged ears: It is not uncommon for ears to feel stuffy and clogged when allergies flare up, when you experience a change in altitude or during the course of a cold. Sometimes this can happen as an ear infection evolves. This is from dysfunction of the eustachian tube. Treatment does not always lead to immediate resolution, and can include antihistamines, nasal antinflammatories, and oral steroids. ...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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Dr. Al Hegab
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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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Dr. William Lizarraga
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I have high blood pressure. Why do my ears feel clogged when upset?

I have high blood pressure. Why do my ears feel clogged when upset?

Unknown: But some people with high blood pressure experience symptoms like what you describe, including headaches, a full feeling in the head, and throbbing or full sensation of the ears. This might mean that your blood pressure needs better control! ...Read more

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My ears have been clogged for months now and i can pop them any time i want but still don't feel relief also I have ringing in my ears what is wrong?

My ears have been clogged for months now and i can pop them any time i want but still don't feel relief also I have ringing in my ears what is wrong?

I think the problem: Is in your throat or nose, not in your ear. Sounds like the eustachian tube is blocked by swelling caused by infection or allergy. See an ENT specialist if otc antihistamines and nasal sprays don't help. ...Read more

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Dr. Joy Jackson
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My ears feel clogged and gets very sharp pains .My ears are soar? My ears are soar and have very sharp pains what should I do

You : You may be dealing with an ear infection (otitis media), a sinus infection, or even cerumen impaction (wax stuck in your ears). The only way to be sure is to visit your doctor for a complete exam. In the meantime try sudafed and advil or tylenol for the pain. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Dr. David Sire
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My ears constantly feel clogged or inflamed. Is there a way to perhaps get rid of this problem, maybe by somehow cleaning them out? And if so, how?

My ears constantly feel clogged or inflamed. Is there a way to perhaps get rid of this problem, maybe by somehow cleaning them out? And if so, how?

See your physician: Some people make increased cerumen which is the wax-like secretion of the glands of the ear canal. This gets inflammed and sometimes infected. It is best to be examined and the cerumen extracted and they a topical program suggested. Do not try to use q-tips as they increase the problem. ...Read more

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Dr. William Culviner
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My ears feel clogged but there is no wax, what is it?

My ears feel clogged but there is no wax, what is it?

Many possibilities: How long has this has been going on and is there a history of an infection or allergies? However, a clogged ear, if not related to wax could be something in the middle ear like a hole in the ear drum, fluid in the middle ear or other middle ear lesions/masses. Sometimes, hearing loss due to middle ear bone problems or inner ear nerve/sensory problems could be involved. You need to see md to check. ...Read more

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Dr. Victor Bonuel
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Dr. Patrick Melder
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My ears feel clogged when i'm on the airplane. Is this normal? Is there a medication for this?

My ears feel clogged when i'm on the airplane. Is this normal? Is there a medication for this?

Normal: This is related to eustachian tube dysfuntion. You can try clearing your ears with the valsalva manuever (also used in diving). Afrin before the flight may help, yawing, chewing gum can help as well. All of these attempt to allow the eustachian tube to open to relieve the pressure. ...Read more

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