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Clogged Ears

Clogged ears can be due to Eustachian tube swelling and congestion, overgrowth of nasal polyps and adenoids, eardrum tear, middle ear infection, water clogging, earwax buildup, swimmer's ear, and pressure difference due to high altitudes. Clogged ears cause reduced hearing ability, ear pain, abnormal discharge, tinnitus, etc.

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How to manage cold and clogged ears?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from a mild cold and severe clogging of ears. I am taking Afrin spray for an hour and one pill of Sudafed. I developed a similar condition of cold and sinus infection before six months. I had severe clogging of ears. I was given Amoxicillin for five days and Prednisone 5 mg...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You can take Sudafed (Pseudoephedrine) once daily. Take nasal spray once daily. Avoid cold spicy foods, avoid smoking and alcohol. Avoid dust and pollution. Take some steam inhalation thrice daily.  Read Full »

I have pain in both ears with ringing sound and fullness. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have been having ear problems with ringing sound in both ears and pain in and around them. When I put both hands on either sides of my face in front of my ears where TMJ is located, it feels like one is bigger than the other. I also have fullness in my ears.  Read Full »


Dr. Sandeep Shrestha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Ringing sensation with mild discomfort in both ears are nothing serious to worry about. Ringing sensation are subject sensation, mostly noticed during sleep or in silent environment. Try to ignore the ringing sensation by playing music, watching TV or talking with othe...  Read Full »

My sinus problem is aggravating my tinnitus. What should I do now?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had tinnitus for five to seven years now. I had suffered a lot during the initial years as there was no solution and doctors had to control using anti-depressants. I am on a regular low dose of Escitalopram even now. My tinnitus is a very shrill sound and has no trigger or cause an...  Read Full »


Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your tinnitus problem could be due to sinusitis, which blocks the eustachian tube and causes tinnitus. But if the tinnitus is due to sinus problem it should subside with decongestants, etc. In your case, I do not think so that your ear problem is due to sinusitis. To...  Read Full »

What causes my ear congestion?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from a severe cough and cold for the past five months, which may last up to one month. One day, I took steam to reduce my cold, but since that night, my ear has been clogged. The next day, I went to the doctor, and he gave me a decongestant. Three to four days lat...  Read Full »


Dr. Baidya Nath Majhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. Your complaint and history imply that you have ETD (Eustachian tube dysfunction). This happens when your eustachian tube, which links your middle ear to the posterior section of your nasal cavity, fails to open when s...  Read Full »

I have blocked ears with fullness, itching, and difficulty hearing despite using eardrops. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have some kind of ear blockage as my left ear feels full and itchy, and I have difficulty hearing. The doctor suggested me to undergo an ear cleaning. I used Soliwax ear drops but the problem persisted. What should I do? Please suggest.  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Ear block can occur due to many causes. Eustachian tube dysfunction and wax in the external ear canal are the most common. The former is accompanied by some nose or throat infections. Both can have itchiness, fullness, earache, and reduced hearing as accompanying sympt...  Read Full »

I have an ear infection with pain and discharge. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had an ear infection (right ear) for the last several months, including fullness, pain in and behind the ear, and foul-smelling discharge. Recently I completed the 10 days dose of Ciprodex drops, and the discharge has cleared, but fullness and pain have not reduced. Recent hear...  Read Full »


Dr. Ismail Mikdat Kabakus

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the CT report. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There is a residual soft tissue density in your right middle ear, likely granulation tissue. Additionally, there is right mastoid effusion, meaning air cells in the mastoid bone filled with f...  Read Full »

I have sensitive ears and white deposits in the eardrum. What could be the reason?

Query: Hi doctor, I looked inside my ears with an otoscope and noticed a white string-type thing attached to my ear canal and going all the way to the back of my ear drum. What could this be? I have pain in my ear, cracking and popping sounds when I eat or yawn, and so on. I keep getting ringing in my ear...  Read Full »


Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. According to your words and the attached file (attachment removed to protect patient identity), I think you suffer from inflammation in the middle and external ear. So this white thing may be a layer of wax that is not harmful at all. I recommend Ciprofloxacin ear drops. ...  Read Full »

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