Hide This

FREEHER HealthToolkit

HER Health Toolkit

Sign up for EmpowHER updates and you'll receive our
FREE HER Health Toolkit

Ears, Nose & Throat

Get Email Updates

Ears, Nose & Throat Guide

Susan Cody HERWriter Guide

Have a question? We're here to help. Ask the Community.

ASK

Health Newsletter

Receive the latest and greatest in women's health and wellness from EmpowHER - for free!

ask: How do you quickly clear a clogged ear from too much nose blowing?

By Michelle King Robson Expert HERWriter
 
Rate This

Hello everyone!

A dear friend of mine called me tonight to ask me for some advice on how to fix her clogged-up ear. It seems she is getting over a bad cold and was doing some heavy-duty nose blowing and her left ear feels all funny now. Sort of like when you're on a plane and your ears pop. Hers needs to pop but won't. I thought maybe a decongestant would help her, or opening her mouth as wide as she can--that helps me sometimes when my ears won't pop on a plane. She tried opening her mouth and even moving her jaw back and forth but it didn't do anything.

She said it's hard to hear now in her left ear and it feels very full and has a bit of pressure, so she's hoping to get it back to normal pretty fast. Does anyone have any words of wisdom for her? I also tried to gently remind her not to blow her nose with such force so hopefully this won't happen again. Thanks so much everyone, Michelle

Add a Comment75 Comments

kristincaliendo Guide

Hi Anon,

I am so sorry to hear you are suffering this way! Are you sure that you can't get to the doctor? Having plugged ears with a cold is very common, but I am worried about the pain you are experiencing. It could be from a perforation in the ear drum that happened when you blew your nose. 

If you are experiencing this much pain, you definitely should not wait to see the doctor. 

In the meantime, you can apply heat to the ear, which may help with pain. Use a warm washcloth or a heating pad. Pain relievers such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (Advil, Aleve, and Motrin, for example) and acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) can help ease the pain until you can see the doctor. If the pain persists and your doctor is unavailable, I'd head to the closest Urgent Care.

Please let me know what you decide to do.

Best,

Kristin

September 8, 2014 - 1:12pm
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous

It's 1 am and I can't sleep because I'm in so much pain! I too, blew my nose too hard today because of a cold I've had for a week.. and immediately heard a loud popping noise and immediate pain. Since then it has been bugging me.. Yawning only irritates it. Plugging my nose and blowing outward will only cause more pain. There is no way I can go to the doctor or get anything right now.. I need immediate help my ear hurts!!!! :( I'm trying the ear and thumb technique but can't figure it out.... Someone who knows how, help me pleaseeeeee!

August 1, 2014 - 12:55am
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous

I don't know what to say but you should go see a doctor don't poke your ear it will make it worse

July 8, 2014 - 2:22pm
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous

I have found a really easy way to unpop your ears now get some paracetamol liquid and eat it, then after five or ten mins hold your nose and exhale from your nose, hopefully it should pop! If it still doesn't work just go to the doctor, never poke your fingers in your ears or use cotton buds, it will just make it worse!! Get well soon!!

June 6, 2014 - 11:53pm
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous

I have a very good tecquinique for getting rid of your blocked ear, take some paracetamol not tablets the liquid and after a few minitues 5 - 10 hold your nose and blow hard from your nose then it should hopefully work, then blow from you nose!! Hopefully this will work get well soon. do not poke your fingers in your ears, it will make them worse... And especially with cotton buds!! if this doesn't work I suggest you go to the doctor

June 6, 2014 - 11:35pm
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous

Lol I have a very good tecquinique for getting rid of your blocked ear, take some paracetamol ( not tablets the liquid ) and after a few minitues ( 5 - 10 ) hold your nose and blow hard from your nose then it should hopefully work, if you are an adult with the problem take about 2 spoons full, but If you are under 15 then take 1 dose of paracetamol and blow from you nose!! Hopefully this will work get well soon. ( do not poke your fingers in your ears, it will make them worse... And especially with cotton buds!! ( if this doesn't work I suggest you go to the doctor)

June 6, 2014 - 11:33pm
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous

I' ve had my left ear clogged up for 3 days now and it's really annoying, today is Friday and I'm going on a trip on Sunday, what shall I do?? It's not painful it's just clogged up, I used cotton buds to take the wax out, ( I literally tried anything) but it still feels the same, will it go in time for my trip?? Please help, I have tried opening my mouth as wide as I can doing that finger behind your earlobe and everything!! Holding my nose and pushing, nothing is working, I also put water in please help!!

June 6, 2014 - 9:06am
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous

My ears have done the same thing except they both are clogged now and it's bothering me a lot and I wish it would just go away

May 27, 2014 - 12:10pm
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous

My ears have done the same thing except they both are clogged now and it's bothering me a lot and I wish it would just go away

May 27, 2014 - 12:10pm
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous

please give the best technique to get rid of my blocked ear just as medicines or ear drops

May 22, 2014 - 1:55am
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.
By submitting this form, you agree to EmpowHER's terms of service and privacy policy

All user-generated information on this site is the opinion of its author only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for any medical conditions. Members and guests are responsible for their own posts and the potential consequences of those posts detailed in our Terms of Service.

Improved

1771 Health

Changed

678 Lives

Saved

535 Lives
8 lives impacted in the last 24 hrs Learn More

Take Our Featured Health Poll

Do your teens have their own cellphones?:
View Results