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Clogged Ear

Clogged ears can occur due to increased buildup of fluids, loud sounds, foreign objects in ears, head trauma, changes in air pressure, and ear infections. The common symptoms are ear pain, a feeling of fullness in the ears, decreased hearing, and dizziness. It can be managed by doing Valsalva maneuver, steam inhalation, using ear drops, and taking medications.

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I have had swelling on one side of the neck and a popping sensation in the ear. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,The right gland in my neck has been larger for the past week, and it is only on one side. It does not hurt and is not hard to touch or feel attached to anything. However, today my right ear started to have a popping sensation. Is this something I should worry about? Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. You have developed eustachian tube catarrh, which is secondary to nasal allergy or inflammation. The eustachian tube ventilates the nose and the ear. In a situation where it does not function, a negative pressure develops in the side of th...  Read Full »

I have ear pain and a runny nose. Are my eardrums perforated?

Query: Hello doctor, Are my eardrums perforated? Last weekend, I started with a runny nose, then woke up with ear pain on Saturday, and fluid started leaking out of my ear. I got a Z-pak on Saturday, and now both ears feel full, have pain, and clear fluid is leaking out. Kindly advise what to do?  Read Full »


Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. According to the shown parts of both eardrums (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), there are no apparent perforations. The second photo is for the left eardrum, as I think. I can see some dark coloration on the eardrum. Do you suffer from itching ...  Read Full »

I am suffering from pain in my left ear after getting hurt. Is it a serious concern?

Query: Hello doctor, I was slapped on the left part of my face, and now my ears hurt. It feels clogged and painful, and I hear unusual sounds as well.  Read Full »


Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There is a high possibility that you would have accidentally injured the eardrum. It is a prevalent thing to happen, and you do not have to worry too much. The defect in the eardrum interferes with optimum sound transmission to the middle and inner ear. You will have s...  Read Full »

How could herpes infection cause clogged ears and hearing loss?

Query: Hello doctor, I have clogged ears and pain from ears to the throat, vertigo, and always feeling confused. I had a sinus nasal drip which I thought that is why my ears where clogged it has been six weeks and it is still clogged, popping and painful. I saw an ENT and he said I had no fluid and there ...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from clogged earaches with painful jaw joints and sore throat with vertigo and all these sufferings may result from herpes infection according to your assumption. When herpes affects th...  Read Full »

I have a bad flu. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 44 year old female, mother of 2, 165 cm tall and 75 kg weight. Two months ago, I fell ill with a bad flu (may have been also an acute viral infection) with high temp (39 degrees), probable inflammation in the sinuses, nose, and throat and sinuses pain. The first antibiotic (Klac...  Read Full »


Dr. Subhadeep Karanjai

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The clogging of ears and ringing sensation (tinnitus) are probably due to accumulation of fluid in your middle ear post eustachian tube blockage, as a result of the upper respiratory tract infection you had had previously, a condition known as serous otitis media. I su...  Read Full »

How to treat nasal inflammation and clogged ear?

Query: Hello doctor, I had inflammation inside the nose and ear clogged. I had water in the ear, and it went away, but I still feel some balance issue. I am currently under nasal steroid spray.  Read Full »


Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I need some details to understand the problem. Do you have postnasal discharge, if so what is the color of it? Do you have a nasal blockage? Do you feel better with corticosteroid spray? Please describe your imbalance. Does it look like spinning, a sensation of rotat...  Read Full »

I have been having a clogged feeling in both ears, hyperacusis, and tinnitus 18 months after noise exposure. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a clogged feeling in both ears, hyperacusis, and tinnitus 18 months after noise exposure. The initial event involved noise from a machine that lasted 20 minutes and immediately after that, I had severe pain in both ears, muffled hearing, tinnitus, headaches, dizziness, and a ...  Read Full »


Dr. Murari Kaimal

Answer: Hello, Welcome back to icliniq.com. Thanks for reaching out, I am sorry to hear about your troubles and can certainly understand the stress and anxiety you have been through for the past few months or years. I have reviewed thoroughly the investigations and hearing tests you have provided and than...  Read Full »

I suffer ear infection with fluid accumulation resulting in hearing problem. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I had an ear infection about two weeks ago and just finished the antibiotic. In the past two weeks, I have had a fluid stuck in my middle ear with no relief. There is a lot of uncomfortable pressure in my ear and my hearing is completely blocked on that side. I believe my eustachian ...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the photos. (attachment removed to protect the patient identity). It appears that after the ear infection there is some fluid accumulation inside the middle ear. We call it otitis media with effusion. This is quite common after an ear infection and usually ...  Read Full »

I have jaw pain and sore throat post dental filling. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I may have an abscess and I am worried about going into the dentist because of the coronavirus. Currently, I am experiencing an achy jaw and ear congestion on one side, a slightly stiff neck, and a mild sore throat. This comes before one month after a filling repair, and two weeks afte...  Read Full »


Dr. Wajid Hassan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand the fear you have not to go to the dentist but please do not risk your health because of the fear of coronavirus. There are precautions to that and the dentist will also be taking precautions as the state has already issued guidelines for the doctors...  Read Full »

How to unclog your ear?

Query: Hello doctor, I woke up five days ago with clogging in my ears. Stupidly, I went with one of the first solutions I found online and poured hydrogen peroxide in my ear. It is now stuck in my ear canal and I cannot get it out. I have tried Swim-ear drops, ear candle, wax removal kit and shaking my hea...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. How sure are you it is wax that caused the blocked ears? If you are absolutely sure, you can put the wax dissolving drops and, it will act on the wax, temporarily swell it and then dissolve it. Or, it will make the wax soft enough for easy removal by a doctor using suc...  Read Full »

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