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how to clear a clogged ear

By Anonymous January 27, 2013 - 7:32am
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couldn't clear my ear when flying on a recent trip. very painful ad now its blocked

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Try these in steps. Of course you are no longer on the flight but it still help to yawn and chew gum... The last two steps may be more beneficial to you now that you have landed.

Yawn or swallow repeatedly. Alternate the two actions until your ears have popped. These moves exercise the Eustachian muscles.

Chew gum during the flight or when you land. The chewing action may be enough to pop your ears and relieve the pressure.

Hold your nose while closing your mouth and try to blow through your nose. This move may also help open the Eustachian tubes. If it doesn't work the first time, keep trying.

Gargle with warm saltwater every hour or so until your ears pop. Make the water as warm as possible without hurting your throat.

Good luck!

Rosa Cabrera, RN 

January 27, 2013 - 6:07pm
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