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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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My ear feels plugged and popps intermittently. Popping my ears brings momentary relief but it comes back?

Not abnormal: Your ear hears best when the pressure on either side of the ear drum is equal. If your eustachian tube is less than perfect, it requires a greater pressure difference between the two sides of your ear drum before the equalization occurs. ...Read more

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Can a food allergy cause ear popping and plugged up feeling?

Can a food allergy cause ear popping and plugged up feeling?

Yes: Try to figure out what foods or ingredients that may be causing this and either remove them from your diet or simply taking a zyrtec or Claritin (loratadine) may help out. ...Read more

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Very little popping in ruptured ear drum, i think it's healed, should I still wear ear plugs in shower just to be safe. Slight echo, can hear people.

Very little popping in ruptured ear drum, i think it's healed, should I still wear ear plugs in shower just to be safe. Slight echo, can hear people.

Ear drum hole: Not having popping does not mean ear drum is necessarily healed. This needs to be examined and hearing tested. Keeping water out of the ear is helpful to prevent infections from developing. ...Read more

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Do ear crystals plug your ears up?

No: There are small calcium crystals inside of the inner ear located behind the eardrum called otoliths. These crystals can become dislodged, and every time you turn your head, the crystals shift causing momentary dizziness: a condition known as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. These crystals shift with movement and can clump together but do not per se "plug" up the ear canal. ...Read more

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What do you do if your ears are plugged up (swimmer's ear)?

What do you do if your ears are plugged up (swimmer's ear)?

See MD: If you think you have Swimmer's ear you need to be treated. Swimmers Ear is usually painful. ...Read more

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Please tell me can ear plugs get wedged in your ears if you sleep on your side?

Please tell me can ear plugs get wedged in your ears if you sleep on your side?

Possibly: If the ear plug is small enough that is possible. Why do you wear ear plugs at time of sleep? That is the more important question. Doing this may eventually cause irritation of the ear canal skin and could lead to external otitis, infection of the skin of the external ear canal. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you plug your ears or use ear plugs or go into a sound proof room, what do you hear?

I'm just wondering, if you plug your ears or use ear plugs or go into a sound proof room, what do you hear?

Diminished sound: A sound proof room means that sound does not leave the room. Ear plugs decrease incoming sounds. So any noise within the room will be muffled. ...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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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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My ears are plugged and won't pop due to cold/stuffy nose I am currently having. OK to try and pop ears with Valsalva while still having cold?

My ears are plugged and won't pop due to cold/stuffy nose I am currently having. OK to try and pop ears with Valsalva while still having cold?

Yes. It will help: Valsalva is going to help you and is beneficial. Do it a few times a day. It will help drain the fluid from the ear and will improve your symptoms. Wish you feel better quick. ...Read more

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My ears pop and krackle especially when moving my jaw. Even more so when i have a cold or runny nose. Woke up that way about 8 yrs ago and never stopp?

My ears pop and krackle especially when moving my jaw. Even more so when i have a cold or runny nose. Woke up that way about 8 yrs ago and never stopp?

Inner ear problem: Sounds like you have either allergies causing your eustacian tube to be blocked or a chronic inner ear infection. At this point, consultation with an ENT physician is advised ...Read more