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ask: How do I unclog a clogged ear?

By Jenny Housh HERWriter
 
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I'm getting over a bad cold and has been blowing her nose constantly. My left ear feels funny, like a clogged ear. They need to pop but won't. I thought maybe a decongestant would help, or opening her mouth as wide as she can--that helps me sometimes when my ears won't pop on a plane. I tried opening her mouth and even moving my jaw back and forth but it didn't do anything. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Maryann Gromisch RN Guide

Hello Jenny,

The cause must be determined. Is the problem a build up of wax or is there a blockage of the eustacean tube?

An antihistamine is effective in relieving an eustacean tube blockage.
A half and half solution of hydrogen peroxide and warm water inserted in the affected ear will dissolve a wax build up.

I hope this is helpful to you.
Maryann

July 31, 2014 - 4:52pm
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