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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My daughter is diagnosed with middle ear infection. How to clear it up?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 17 years old. She had a cold for about four days when she started complaining of bad ear pain. She was seen in urgent care a week ago and was diagnosed with a middle ear infection. The APRN noted her ear was pretty angry and prescribed Amoxicillin 500 mg. She is suppo...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Complete the course of antibiotics. Take Mucinex D (Guaifenesin) once or twice a day, like how you have been taking for another three to four days. If Mucinex D has an antiallergic component then no need for Claritin or Allegra. Otherwise, add either of those to be take...  Read Full »

What are the typical signs of cerumen impaction and ear infection?

Query: Hi doctor,How can I differentiate between a cerumen impaction and an ear infection? What are the typical signs of an ear infection and cerumen impaction? I have a feeling of fullness in the ear, muffled hearing, and the ear feels clogged. Kindly help me.  Read Full »

Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Cerumen impaction is a tight accumulation of wax in the external auditory canal. Clinical features include: 1) Pain in the ear. 2) Hard of hearing. 3) Pressure in the ear with or without episodes of dizziness. 4) Ringing sensation in the ear. An ear infe...  Read Full »

What is the association between GERD and blocked ears?

Query: Hi doctor, I have anxiety which results in GERD. Sometimes when I wake up in the morning, I find that I get gastric vertigo. It is more prominent after large meals later at night. The following day I will have blocked ears and sometimes pain in my nasal area. The anxiety issue has been going on for...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The eustachian tube dysfunction is a chronic problem. I do not recommend any medication until an endoscopic nasal examination is done since you are a mouth breather. The endoscopic nasal examination is mandatory to investigate a deviated septum, hypertrophied tur...  Read Full »

My left ear got blocked during a flight today. What should I do now?

Query: Hi doctor, My left ear got blocked during a flight today. It has been about 2 hours, and it is still blocked. I do not have any pain. What should I do now?  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query. Sorry for the discomfort you are having. This kind of ear clogging happens due to a change in the air pressure inside the plane due to a change in the altitude of the flight. Although it will go away on its own, you can try the following:...  Read Full »

What is the best way to unclog my ear?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 17-years-old with a height of 6'4" and a weight of 180 lbs. My right ear is clogged, and I experience this issue about once a month. I tried to clean my ears with peroxide, but it did not help. I am not under any medication. I have had an issue with earwax accumulation in the past....  Read Full »

Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From your statement and from the symptoms that you have, the issue is due to impacted wax. This can be extremely frustrating as it blocks the entire ear canal and can cause pain and decreased hearing if the wax touches your eardrum. You can co...  Read Full »

What are the causes of fullness and swelling inside my ear?

Query: Hi doctor,I feel fullness and swelling inside my right ear, and my hearing is slightly impaired. I also feel lightheaded sometimes. But yesterday, my lightheadedness was worse. I am worried.Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There is absolutely nothing that you need to worry about as this is a very common treatable entity we come across. You have developed a eustachian tube catarrh which occurs secondary to nasal allergy. The eustachian tube ventilates the nose and the ear. I...  Read Full »

Will Waxonil cause blockage of ear and difficulty in hearing?

Query: Hi doctor, My father used Waxonil two weeks back. Since then, both his ears feel blocked, and he can hardly hear. He used the Waxonil again, hoping the wax would flow out and he would feel better, but it has gotten worse. His hearing has gone down drastically. As we are under lockdown, we cannot vi...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to What happens when you put wax dissolution agents is, the wax absorbs the liquid and swells up. So the blockage increases more than before. Ideally, we need to see him in the OPD where we can suction it out. Otherwise, what I would suggest is to keep putting the wax drop...  Read Full »

Can eustachian tube blockage be diagnosed using a sinus x-ray?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a couple of questions. I have sinus infections and nasal drip. My ears are clogged. I consulted a doctor. He told me that I have fluid and an ear infection and advised me to consult an ENT surgeon. He examined my ears and told me that I do not have any fluid. Why my ear looks clog...  Read Full »

Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Eustachian tube ventilates nose and ears. When it does not function, a negative pressure is developed inside the ears causing a feeling of vacuum, ringing sounds, or feeling of fluid in ears and sometimes decreased hearing. The common causes are allergy or sinusitis...  Read Full »

Why does my left ear hurts and sometimes itches?

Query: Hi doctor, My left ear hurts a lot. When I press my back of the ear, it really hurts. Sometimes, I have itchiness with throbbing pain. It seems to be clogged inside. Before a month, I had a similar issue in my other ear too. I took medications for it.  Read Full »

Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You seem to have three possibilities. You can have an impacted wax on the left ear. It can cause pain with a blocked feeling. For this, you can use wax solvents to liquify the wax and it resolves the issue. Infection involving the outer ear can cause itching and pain. E...  Read Full »

How to get rid of dizziness, clogged ears, and warm face?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been suffering from a suspected ear infection for nearly four weeks now. I am currently experiencing dizziness and a warm face for the past four weeks. I have been using Gentamicin ear drops for the last two weeks, but my symptoms have not improved. I am fatigued all the time, an...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Have you shown it to an ENT specialist? Do you have any ear discharge, or fever, or reduced hearing? Can you describe the giddiness? Is it always present? Is it an imbalance or spinning sensation? How long does it last?  Read Full »

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