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Both my ears are blocked. I have been sick for two weeks with flu like symptoms. How can I clear them?

By Anonymous November 17, 2018 - 1:19pm
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Hello, Anon.

Thank you for writing today.

With plugged ears, your eustachian tubes, which run between your middle ear and the back of your nose, become obstructed. You may experience a feeling of fullness or pressure in your ears. Usually, as the swelling from the cold or flu subsidies, the obstruction resolves.

According to Mayo clinic - if your ears are still plugged, try swallowing, yawning or chewing sugar-free gum to open your eustachian tubes. Take a deep breath and try to blow out of your nose *gently* while pinching your nostrils closed and keeping your mouth closed. If you hear a popping noise, your ears should clear.

Other options for clearing plugged ears may include:
-Nasal decongestants, but for no more than a few days
-Topical nasal steroids, especially in people with allergies

Call your doctor if your symptoms are severe or persist.


November 17, 2018 - 4:44pm
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