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When I swallow, why do my ears hurt?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Eustachian tube

The tube that drains mucous from your middle ear is likely swollen.
It can open and close when you chew or "pop" your ear and such maneuvers allow the air in and the pressure change can be uncomfortable. This will usually resolve over time as the swelling goes down.Ibuprofen should help for the pain.If it in not improving gradually, have it checked.

In brief: Eustachian tube

The tube that drains mucous from your middle ear is likely swollen.
It can open and close when you chew or "pop" your ear and such maneuvers allow the air in and the pressure change can be uncomfortable. This will usually resolve over time as the swelling goes down.Ibuprofen should help for the pain.If it in not improving gradually, have it checked.
Dr. James Ferguson
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