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Ear Blockage

Clogged ear wax, sinus infections, pressure changes, swimmer's ear, water clogging, hunger, and the common cold are probable causes of ear blockage. Removing the ear wax, taking antimicrobials, doing Valsalva maneuver and steam bath or inhalation, and using ear drops may help unblock the ears.

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I have an ear block and liquid discharge. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I had got an ear itching five days before and went to a doctor. The doctor has told me that my ear got affected with fungus and prescribed Otinex ear drops. I continued that for three days. Initially, I got pain and liquid discharge from my ears. Now, the pain has gone, but slight liqu...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Did your doctor look into the ear using an otoscope or endoscope? If so, and then he is diagnosed as having fungus, then it is fine. In that case, continue the drops for a week and wait. Do not let water enter the ear while taking a bath or swimming. In my setup, I sug...  Read Full »

I think there is water trapped in my left ear. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I think I have water trapped in my left ear. I feel a moving water sensation in my left ear. I have a ringing sensation in my left ear after water got trapped in the ear. Will this ringing go away if my ear is dried? If the water is removed, then will the ringing sound stop? I do not h...  Read Full »

Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please tell me from how long have you been having these symptoms? Any history of nasal or throat infection in the recent past?   Read Full »

Why is one of my ears blocked even after taking medications for my double ear infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a double ear infection and took a course of antibiotics. One ear remains blocked still. Is there anything else I can do? I use Flonase daily. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Ranjit Peter

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Based on the details that you have shared, the possibility of eustachian tube dysfunction or obstruction needs to be ruled out. Your current medications suggest that you have allergic airways as well as acid reflux. Both these clinical conditions can contribute to yo...  Read Full »

What to do for blocked ear due to excessive cough and sore throat?

Query: Hello doctor, Sometimes, I feel my left ear is blocked. It is shut when I got too much of cough and bad throat. What should I do? Please tell me.  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to This is due to upper respiratory tract infection. We usually prescribe tablet Azee (Azithromycin) 500 mg once a day for three days along with tablet Pantoprazole 40 mg before breakfast for three days. Also, syrup Alex (Phenylephrine, Chlorpheniramine Maleate, and Dex...  Read Full »

What could be the cause for loss of hearing in right ear alone?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 19 year old male, and I have been feeling an ear blocking sensation for the past two weeks. I also have a slight loss of hearing at times in my right ear. Although it is mostly in my right ear, sometimes the sensation alternates to my left. It feels as though the sound is not comin...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The symptoms described by you match with otitis media with effusion of the said ear. In this problem, mucus accumulates behind the eardrum causing some loss of hearing, fullness, and mild dizziness. It follows after an attack of nose block and throat pain. When we exam...  Read Full »

My ear pain and block got relieved after drainage. What is it?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been very sick with a cold for the past five days and just yesterday I got an ear infection. It did not hurt that much but my ear was so blocked that it was highly uncomfortable. Today I noticed some drainage, which I immediately looked up and saw that it meant a broken eardrum ...  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Because of cold, you must be having some ear infection as well. Due to recurrent cold, your eustachian tube is blocked and caused reduce ventilation of ear and hence there was pus formation in the ear. This continues pus formation has broken the tympanic membrane and came...  Read Full »

How to treat chronic cough, blocked ears and popping sound in ears while swallowing?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 66-year-old male with a weight of 198 lbs and a height of 6 feet. For the last four months, I have been continuously facing the following problems, moderate sore throat, feeling like a lump in my deep throat, gastric reflux, poor digestion, a feeling of air blocked in both ears a...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. For better clarity, please answer these questions: Can you take a picture of the back of the throat, showing details of the affected area, and send it to us? Which area do you live in? Do you drive a two-wheeler on polluted roads? Did this w...  Read Full »

Can fluid in my middle ear lead to dizziness?

Query: Hello doctor, My GP says I have fluid in my middle ear, especially in my right ear. I have tried antibiotics and using a nasal spray for two weeks. This has been going on for six weeks. Is there any way to clear it or like my GP says will it just take time? Can this also make you feel slightly off b...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Fluid in the middle ear is called serous otitis media (glue ear or otitis media with effusion). What we do in such patients is give medical management (antibiotics, decongestants, mucolytics, nasal sprays) and if it fails we go for myringotomy and grommet insertion. ...  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 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 »

My right ear is blocked. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My right ear has been blocked a few days ago. Whenever I tried to laugh, smile or wink, the jaw line muscles go up and it pushes to block the right ear hearing. Doctor told me that it is partially ear wax blockage. But, I do not think so. I did try to put olive oil. And also I did not suf...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From the details you have given in your query it seems to me that it is indeed wax only. As it pushes against the eardrum and further increases the block when you smile, laugh or wink, it is more likely impacted wax than anything else. However, one can be sure of tha...  Read Full »

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