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Is anyone aware of a connection between Lupus and Eustachian Tube Dysfunction? If so...any known effective treatments for the ETD?

By March 25, 2010 - 11:51am
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Hi tmvaud

Thanks for your question and welcome!

Are you suffering from both lupus and Eustachian Tube Dysfunction?

From what I have researched, I have not seen any connection but that doesn't mean there isn't one.

We have a fantastic Eustachian Tube Dysfunction page here on Empwowher that I hope you can take a look at. Listed on this page are treatment options:

To deal with ear clogging, discomfort, or pain, you can try:

Swallowing, yawning, or chewing gum to relieve the pressure
Clearing your ears by breathing in and then gently breathing out while holding your nostrils and mouth closed

If the symptoms do not go away within a few hours or are severe, your doctor may recommend the following medications:

Nasal or oral decongestants
Oral antihistamines
Nasal steroids to relieve nasal congestion and enable the eustachian tube to open
Pain medications (eg, acetaminophen or ibuprofen)

In rare cases, a myringotomy may be necessary. The doctor makes an incision in the eardrum to allow the pressure to equalize and the fluid to drain.

You can read this and more on our page here : http://www.empowher.com/media/reference/eustachian-tube-dysfunction#definition

Are you using any treatments for your ears now? How about your lupus?

March 26, 2010 - 2:00pm
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