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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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.   Read Full »


Dr. Ranjit Peter

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »

Why does my ear remain blocked even after doing septoplasty?

Query: Hi doctor, I recently got a septoplasty. My problem started two months ago when I had a breathing problem, and my ear was also blocked. I used to have mild pain in my ear. The doctor checked my ear, and he said it is fine. He said that my Eustachian tubes are blocked, and I had a deviated nasal s...  Read Full »


Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The Eustachian tube blockage due to nasal septal deviation may take some time for complete recovery. The tube takes time to decongest, as nasal mucosa takes time to heal. Take an oral decongestant and nasal decongestant drops. Get an impedance audiometry done and send me ...  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 icliniq.com.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 examine...  Read Full »

What are the ear conditions that might require complete or partial removal of the inner and middle ear?

Query: Hello doctor, I just have a general theoretical question. This is not related to my medical history, I was just wondering in general. How much of the ear is it possible to completely remove? Both inner and outer ear. What kind of conditions requires this kind of an operation? What after effects can...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. In a surgery called radical mastoidectomy, we remove both inner and middle ear and occlude the canal. We do it in cases of malignancies of the ear, where you cannot remove the disease as well as preserve hearing. In earlier days, radical mastoidectomy was done ...  Read Full »

Can I use olive oil for a constant unusual sound in my left ear for the past six days?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been hearing a constant unusual sound in my left ear for the past six days. I consulted my doctor yesterday, and he said that there are no issues in the outer ear, and the sound might be because of ear wax or hair lodged between the eardrum and throat. He prescribed Prednis...  Read Full »


Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 1) Is the hissing sound associated with any nose block, runny nose, throat pain, or itching? 2)Have you consulted an ENT specialist in your locality? 3)Did your doctor check your inner ear using an otoscope? 4) Do you take any antihistamines? 5) Did...  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 icliniq.com. 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 »

How to use ear drops effectively to get rid of swimmer's ear?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had swimmer's ear for about five days now. And I started taking an anti-inflammatory ear drop with a pain killer. On the second day, I felt my ear got a little swollen, and the ear way was blocked. I could not hear anything, and by the third day, I went to the pharmacy, and h...  Read Full »


Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There is absolutely nothing that you need to worry about as this is a very common entity that we daily come across. There are two possibilities in your case: recurrent fungal infection called otomycosis and recurrent infection of the hair follicle in the...  Read Full »

How do I get rid of the pus inside my ears?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a middle ear infection in my left ear two days ago, and I was prescribed antibiotics. I am experiencing a lot of pressure inside my ears, and there is pain at the touch. I could feel a lot of liquid inside my ears. While sleeping, I could feel crusty bits of pus inside my ears...  Read Full »


Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the briefing regarding the problem in concern. Middle ear infection starts with inflammation in the middle ear, causing pain and fullness due to the slow accumulation of pus. Once the pus has reached a particular limit and has no other way to go, it makes it...  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 icliniq.com. 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 I have tinnitus due to side effect of AZO?

Query: Hello doctor, I began exhibiting symptoms that I would describe as tinnitus from a week. I get a loud noise or ringing in my left ear, although it also happens in the right ear. One fine day the tinnitus actually went to the other ear (my right ear), my tinnitus since then has not been focused in a...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. While you have elaborated on your symptoms very meticulously, I still require some more details. Is there any hearing loss? Do you have any fullness of the ear? The tingling feeling, is it permanent? Do you have any giddiness? Any change of ear fullness or tin...  Read Full »

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