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How to treat Eustachian tube dysfunctioning.

By Anonymous July 22, 2014 - 4:25am
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I had applied for army job. in medical doctor detected ETD and declared unfit . He has given 42 days for appeal in higher medical hospital review, pls tell how can i address the pblm?

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Hi Anon

Thank you for your question! 

Eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD) occurs when the tube fails to open during swallowing or yawning. This results in a difference between the air pressure inside and outside the middle ear. It causes discomfort in the ear and temporary hearing problems.


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.


To help reduce your chances of getting ETD, take the following steps:

  • Avoid flying in an airplane or going scuba diving if you have allergies or a cold.
  • When flying:
    • Use decongestants or antihistamines if you have an allergy or a cold.
    • Yawn or chew gum. Encourage swallowing by sucking on hard candy or drinking water.
    • When taking off and landing, clear your ears by breathing in and then gently breathing out while holding your nostrils and mouth closed.
    • Try special earplugs that slowly equalize the pressure in your ear. These earplugs can be found at drugstores and airports.
Anon, I do not know military protocol for health appeals but please see your doctor as soon as possible for treatment and explain your situation to him/her. 
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Will you keep us posted?



July 23, 2014 - 11:10am
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