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Eustachian Tube Dysfunction

Eustachian tube dysfunction refers to the chronic blockage of the Eustachian tube that connects the middle ear to the upper throat. It leads to symptoms like hearing problems, ear pain, and ringing or popping sounds in the ear. The most common causes of Eustachian tube dysfunction are common cold and flu. Antihistamines such as Cetrizine or Diphenyhydramine help relieve symptoms.

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What is the cause for congested sinus, ear pain, tonsillolith and bad odor?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25-year-old female. I am experiencing the following symptoms: Congested sinuses for about three years. I am on Fluticasone Propionate for this purpose (two sprays, twice a day), swollen tonsils for about one and a half years, tonsilolliths sizing from about 1-2 mm for about one ...  Read Full »


Dr. Mishra Pransunchandra Akhileshchandra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your symptoms in detail and also saw the picture that you have sent. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). We need to understand that the nose and throat are connected to the ear by eustachian tube. In your case tonsils are enlarged and have dee...  Read Full »

I could hear an intermittent crackling sound in the ear without any discharge. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am feeling a crackling noise in my left ear, occurring at two to three minutes intervals with no discharge. I tried to swallow and blow with a pinched nose and heard air passing in my left ear, but that did not help. Kindly help. Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Akshay. B. K.

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I think this crackling sound appears whenever you move your jaw. Your temporomandibular joint is a bit unstable. 1. Is there associated pain there?2. Since how many days this problem persists? 3. Any history of cold? 4. Any history of decreased hearing? The other two p...  Read Full »

What is the role of allergy in eustachian tube dysfunction?

Query: Hello doctor, Could you please explain me the role of allergies in the function of the eustachian tube and the state of the middle ear chamber? As potential effectiveness of allergy happens while treating a chronic case of eustachian tube dysfunction, mild approaches to treat this proved ineffectiv...  Read Full »


Dr. Alok Rathi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to iclinq.com. Eustachian tube (ET) opening allows the passage of air into the middle ear. The middle ear is a chamber that has to maintain a certain volume of air in it for normal hearing function. For the air to go away from the middle ear, it requires further air flow from the eust...  Read Full »

I feel fatique all the time. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My symptoms are constant lightheadedness, feeling like a drunk all the time, fatigue after a couple of hours, and a clicking sound when swallowing in both ears for the last eight weeks. Yawning also causes a clicking sound. Ear fullness in both ears, some weird, very low buzzing sound ...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. We need to look at your reports and investigation films for the correct diagnosis. Kindly upload all the reports and relevant investigation films and get back to us. Eustachian tube dysfunction does not take that long to heal. Appropriate medicines will help you get re...  Read Full »

I have chronic sinusitis and eustachian tube dysfunction. How to treat it?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 29-year-old female and had eustachian tube dysfunction and chronic sinusitis (pressure on either side of my nose, congestion, brain fog, and headaches) for about eight months. I had allergy testing done which revealed allergies to mold and a few trees. I also had a CT scan which re...  Read Full »


Dr. Sandeep Shrestha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per all your history and reports, it seems to be chronic rhinosinusitis with a deviated nasal septum to the left (attachments removed to protect patient's identity). As your symptoms are persistent in spite of all the medication, I feel surgery is the treatment opti...  Read Full »

I have semicircular canal dehiscence and patulous eustachian tube dysfunction. Can I fly?

Query: Hello doctor, I have two inner ear conditions. Both are somewhat rare: Right-semicircular canal dehiscence and Left- patulous eustachian tube dysfunction. What I want to know is whether I can fly- take an airplane without getting ill and sustain further inner damage?  Read Full »


Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 1. Super semicircular canal dehiscence is a rare inner ear condition. In this condition there will be giddiness and imbalance when exposed to loud noise and imbalance, echoing of once own voice, etc. This condition usually does not get worsened by change in environmental ...  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 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 »

I have a sensation of fullness in my ears. Is it due to Tadalafil?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a sensation of fullness in both ears approximately 12 hours after taking 2.5 mg of Tadalafil, which lasts up to three days. How can I determine whether it is eustachian tube dysfunction or cochlear hydrops? I do not take any other medications, but I encounter the same sensation i...  Read Full »


Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.I have read your query, and I can understand your concern.Eustachian tube dysfunction and cochlear hydrops are two distinct conditions that can cause a sensation of fullness or pressure in the ears. Here is how to differentiate between the two: Eustachian tube dysfunctio...  Read Full »

I have ear fullness after using a suction toy. 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 fullness. I...  Read Full »

What causes ringing noise and humming alternatively?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 69 year old retired internist. I am not taking any regular medication other than Aspirin 325 mg. I have no known allergies and have never smoked. I do not have any medical history of thyroid disease, autoimmune diseases or Paget's disease. Around four to five weeks back, I noted th...  Read Full »


Dr. Baidya Nath Majhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. What you are suffering from is known as tinnitus. It is not a disease itself rather a symptom due to various underlying causes like age related, hypertension, impacted wax, fluid in middle ear, patulous eustachian tube, TMJD (temperomandibular joint disorder), hypert...  Read Full »

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