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What do I do if i'm sick with a cold and my ears won't pop when I try?
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Dr. Michael Klein
Family Medicine
In brief: Decongestants
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.

In brief: Decongestants
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.
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