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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My ear feels blocked after a suction toy was pulled on it. Can you please help?

Query: Hello doctor, My niece was playing with a toy with some kind of suction on it. She put it on my ear and pulled the suction. Now my left ear feels blocked or something. It is the same feeling as having water inside. It was painful at first (especially when I burp) but got better after a day. The pain...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Avoid water entering the said ear while bathing or swimming. We need to make sure there is no perforation of the drum. For the same, you must visit an ENT surgeon who can look into the ear through an otoscope. You can take an antihistaminic tablet to reduce fullnes...  Read Full »

Can heaviness and slight pressure inside the ear of my daughter be neurological?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter has nerve hearing loss of around 50 % in left ear along with tinnitus since 10 years. She is 22 now. On the second of this month, she had put a drop of oil in the left ear. In finding herself uncomfortable, she visited an ENT, who put her on antibiotics for middle ear infectio...  Read Full »


Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The symptoms of your daughter seem primarily related to her ear. Though sometimes, there can be a spread of infection from ear to brain or other intracranial complication due to ear pathology. I suggest you get an MRI of the brain with contrast with MR venogram to rul...  Read Full »

My earache increases with hiccups and my ears get blocked easily. Please explain about my problem.

Query: Hello doctor,I have earache that increases with hiccups. I was trying to unblock my left ear with cotton buds the last couple of days, and there was quite a bit of earwax that came out the other day, but today there was not much of it. I have had tinnitus and problems related to hearing for seven ye...  Read Full »


Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have developed eustachian tube catarrh that occurs secondary to nasal allergy or inflammation. The eustachian tube ventilates the nose and the ear. When the eustachian tube fails to function, a negative pressure develops in the side of the ear leading to a feelin...  Read Full »

Can medicines for head and earache cause tinnitus in me?

Query: Hello doctor, I was having a severe headache and ear disturbances (fullness). After consultation with an ENT doctor, Augmentin antibiotic and Actifed cold were prescribed for me. In the process of taking the drugs, I started having tinnitus (ringing and buzzing in the ear), which has refused to sto...  Read Full »


Dr. Kumar Ashutosh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please let me know the following: Whether your problem is with one ear or both the ears. Do you have any hearing loss, vertigo, or ear discharge? Was any hearing test done? Is there any history of cough and cold before the ear problem? Is there any history o...  Read Full »

Does a stuffed ear mean I have Menier's disease?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a feeling that my right ear is stuffed. I have no other symptoms. My GP just gave me antibiotics. But, I am worried that I might have something serious since I used to know somebody with Meniere's disease.  Read Full »


Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. For how long are you having these symptoms?  Do you have a history of nasal congestion or throat infection in the recent past? Revert with more information to an ENT otolaryngologist online --> https://icliniq.com./ask-a-doctor-online/ENT-Otolaryngologist  Read Full »

I have extreme left ear pain, and my ear is red and hot. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, I have extreme pain in my left ear, and it feels as if the ear is going to explode. Now I feel fullness in my right ear also. I can barely hear anything, and the pain is getting worse. I have the following symptoms, Extreme ear pain. Unable to sleep. Very difficult to move my face. I ...  Read Full »


Dr. Saadia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com Your condition sounds like an ear abscess or infection causing extreme pressure and pain. I would suggest seeing a doctor in the emergency room or urgent care as you would need antibiotics accordingly. Meanwhile, I would suggest tablet Ibuprofen 600 mg thrice a day. But...  Read Full »

Please suggest quick relief for cold and nasal congestion.

Query: Hi doctor,My mother is a diabetic and also hypertension patient. She is 66 years old. She is on regular diabetes and anti-hypertensive medicine. Now, she has severe cold, nasal congestion and ear congestion. Which medicine can be taken? Will Cetirizine be effective?  Read Full »


Dr. Pooja Pardhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query and can understand your concern. I suggest tablet Allegra 180 mg (Fexofenadine) twice daily for five days. One tablet is to be taken in the morning and one at night after meals. Consult her doctor, discuss with him or her and take the me...  Read Full »

Are fertility medicines causing my left ear to be blocked?

Query: Hello doctor,My left ear feels full, like it is blocked since Wednesday night.There is no pain and liquid oozing out.I could hear some sound while trying to blow out with my nose and mouth closed but there is no relief.I also started taking fertility medicine like the tablet Progynova and the tablet...  Read Full »


Dr. Ranjit Peter

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.The reasons for the blocked ear could be either regular ear wax, or it may be related to a blocked eustachian tube, that is, the tube connecting the back of your nose to the ear.However, if you do have a running nose or a nose block, the chances are that you have a blocked ...  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.   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 »

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