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I flew 3 days ago with a bit of a cold, my ear is still plugged, will not pop, painful, can't hear. Need to fly again in a few days, what should I do?

I flew 3 days ago with a bit of a cold, my ear is still plugged, will not pop, painful, can't hear. Need to fly again in a few days, what should I do?

Decongest and saline: Your eustachian tube is clogged and filled with fluid. Use any 12 hour decongestant nasal spray ( 2 sprays/nostril ) every 12 hours for 3 days, then stop. You can use nasal saline spray every 3-4 hours and over then counter claritn or Allegra to dry the mucous. Advil as need for pain. ...Read more

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Why do your ears pop or plug up after a head cold ?

Why do your ears pop or plug up after a head cold ?

Eustachian tube: When you get a head cold, you get inflammation in your upper airways. This includes in the back of the nose. This is where the eustachian tube (et) empties out - the tube you usually use to pop your ears. With a cold, you can get fluid behind the ear drum which can't drain out through an inflamed et. Even without frank fluid, you can get abnormal pressure behind the drum that can't normalize. ...Read more

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My left ear is plugged where i can't hear very good. I did have a head cold a week ago and this is what I have left. What to do what home remedy or drugstore cure for a plugged ear from a head cold or sinuses

My left ear is plugged where i can't hear very good. I did have a head cold a week ago and this is what I have left. What to do what home remedy or drugstore cure for a plugged ear from a head cold or sinuses

Plugged : Plugged ears after a cold is very common. This may be due to swelling of the eustachian tube so that the ear cannot equalize pressure or from direct inflammation of the middle ear. If there is no active infection in the ear, then the best treatment is just waiting for it to recover. Some people may get benefit from over-the-counter decongestants. Your doctor may start a nasal steroid spray. There is no proof that these speed recovery. Unfortunately, symptoms can lst 2-3 months. If there is persistent fluid in the middle ear past that time, an ear tube may need to be placed. ...Read more

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I went swimming 2day and now both ears are clogged like I have ear plugs in i cleaned out with a q-tip and amber earwax was on the end there is no pain some cackling when i sollow its like when u have a bad head cold and when u talk or some ealse does it

I went swimming 2day and now both ears are clogged like I have ear plugs in i cleaned out with a q-tip and amber earwax was on the end there is no pain some cackling when i sollow its like when u have a bad head cold and when u
 talk or some ealse does it

If : If there is no pain or unusual drainage you probably don't have an ear infection. It's possible you pushed some of the wax further in and created an impaction. I would try to soften the wax (if still in there) with a couple day useage of something like debrox or ceruminex (otc), pick up a baby bulb syringe, and self irrigate your ears in a ear down position with luke warm water. Hopefully this will clear your ears. I not, somebody should lok in your ears to determine the cause. ...Read more

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I've had a head cold. When i blow my nose my ear pops.

I've had a head cold. When i blow my nose my ear pops.

ETD: Eustachian tube dysfunction. Te eustachian tube is blocked due to congestion. When you blow your nose the tube opens and then closes again. ...Read more

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How long does it take for pseudoephedrine (60mg/3x) to start working? Severely blocked ears due to head cold. For 4 days now, since 2nd day of cold.

How long does it take for pseudoephedrine (60mg/3x) to start working? Severely blocked ears due to head cold. For 4 days now, since 2nd day of cold.

Not enough: Adequate Treatment of viral common cold symptoms require not only decongestant (pseudoephedrine) but also antihistamine like benadryl (diphenhydramine) and anti-inflammatory medicine like aspirin . If these don't help in 3-5 days, the possibility of bacterial infection and thus antibiotic treatment should be considered ...Read more