Firstly don't try to pop ears when you have a cold, you will often push mucous in to them. The key to relieving ear pain with a cold is controlling the nasal stuffiness.
Medications such as afrin
, which can only be used for 3 days, or Pseudoephedrine
can rapidly improve the congestion, and hot showers or steam can help as well. Once the congestion is better for a few days the ears will pop.