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Why Do Nasal Allergies Affect The Ear
Eustachian tube: The ear is connected to the nose through a tube called the eustachian tube that helps equalize the pressure in the ear with the outside world. This is why your ears pop in an airplane. In nasal allergies, the area around the tube is inflamed, and it doesn't work as well, leading to fluid in the ear, or possibly ear infections. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
Eustachian tube dysf: Inflammation of the nasal pharyngeal area due to environmental allergies can stuff up the eustachian tube, which is the connection tube between your inner ear and the outside world. When the inner ear cannot communicate with the outside air, there would be a difference in pressure between the 2 areas causing your ear to pop and have pressure. ...Read more
Systemic inflmmation: Allergy is a chronic systemic inflammatory disorder that will affect different people differently. Some will have eyes symptoms only others will have eyes, nose and chest symptoms. Some very recent data suggest that there may be as link between allergies and cancer. ...Read more
Allergy symptoms: Most people know that allergies caused by allergic antibodies (ige) can cause itchy watery eyes, nasal congestion, sneezing and clear runny nose but swelling in the nasaal cavity can also cause ear problems such as fluid build-up behind the ear drum. This can cause decrease hearing, pain or pressure, ringing and occasionally vetigo (spinning or dizziness). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can swollen turbinates cause you to have sinus tightness/pressure/headaches everyday nasal spray and anhistamines not working ?
Can saline nasal spray make Eustachian Tube Dysfunction worse?. Do you spray it towards your ears like you do for The Eustachian tube?
Dry eyes. Can't take decongestant or antihistamine for sinus infection. Will Sinoclear serve the purpose of unclogging sinus n post nasal drip?
Nose sprays: Over-the -counter: decongestants such as: afrin (oxymetazoline)- these work well but must be used only 3-4 days. Saline spray is very safe to use and acts as a mild decongestant--nasalchrom is also safe and can be used daily. Prescription- nasal streroids (flonase, nasonex, (mometasone) rhinocort, etc.) nasal antihistamines (patanase and and astepro). ...Read more
Allergy medicine: Over the counter allergy meds work very well, but aren't enough on their own for about 50% of us. Instead of stopping the otcs, f/u with your family doc and get some allergy nasal spray to add on to your otc allergy pills. You'll find that your symptoms resolve much better and life gets less drippy and sneezy. ...Read more
What can you do for nasal inflamation ( congestion) outside
of common allergy medication. Nasal sprays don't agree with
me, sinus rinses don't help. ?
Have you been tested: Nasal congestion can be allergic or nonallergic. If you are allergic, you have lots of options, like avoiding triggers, different prescription allergy meds, or even allergy shots. You need to be allergy tested to see if any these can help. If you are nonallergic, then the best medicines are nasal sprays, although decongestants like pseudo Ephedrine can help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If I have itchy ears and sneezy and stuffy nose is that def allergies or can a cold cause itchy ears. And what makes the inside of the ear itch?
Multi-prong approach: The treatment approach for allergies is avoidance of the triggering allergy, medications and allergy injections if necessary. Nasal steroid sprays are the most effective treatment. Singulair (montelukast) has about the same effectiveness as antihistamines. A board certified allergist is a great resource to provide an individualized treatment plan just for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the best way to clear ear congestion? Claritin, (loratadine) zyrtec-d, and Neti Pot did not help. I have allergy-like congestion, but can not clear left ear
Maybe steroids: Your eustachian tube may be congested. It might be time to see an ENT for consideration of either nasal steroids or a tapered dose of oral steroids. In the interim you may also consider using afrin nasal spray 2 sprays each nostril twice a day for only three days. Combine this with gently trying to clear your ears by pinching your nose shut gently and blowing against the closed nose. ...Read more
My asthma seems aggravated by my post nasal drip. Can't seem to clear my throat entirely. Bad allergies, chronic sinusitis. Will sudafed help?
That and others: Sudafed can help but try not to use it for a prolonged time. There are anti-allergy meds that can help also. I find nasal saline irrigation to helps me and my patients. It seems weird at first, but hang in there, it is actually quite good at relieving nose related symptoms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is the best medicine for ear and nose congestion plus post nasal drip that will not cause insomnia or my heart to race?
Can post nasal drip cause a chronic sore throat? If so, what will stop the drip? Antihistamines and nasal sprays do nothing for me.
ENT doctor: If over the counter remedies have not helped it would be prudent to see an ENT specialist for an evaluation. ...Read more
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