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Has anyone ever had an itch in their eustachian tubes before? These are the tubes that connect from your throat/nose to your inner ear and aid in "popping" them when you change altitudes. Well, sometimes, mine itch!! It's really annoying because it's not like it can itch them, they're inside my skull!!
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replied February 12th, 2008
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Do you experience frequent colds or allergies?

With colds and allergies membranes in the nose can swell and might block the opening to the Eustachian tube, resulting in the stuffy-ear feeling. Or, an ENT can more precisely help you.

If the Eustachian tube is blocked you can gently blow out while pinching your nose and closing your lips, a procedure called Valsalva's manoeuvre. The normal finding is that the eardrum moves slightly during it. When the Eustachian tube is blocked, the eardrum remains still....so maybe go get this checked out?
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replied February 12th, 2008
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No, I'm hardly ever sick...

I can voluntarily pop my ears without having to plug my nose to do it; I can even choose which ear to pop; I have a lot of control over it!

And it's not a stuffy feeling... I can hear well and pop my ears just fine. It just feels like there's a hair wiggling inside of my head from my eardrum to the back of my throat.
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replied February 12th, 2008
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Itch is a mild form of inflamation so i would do some steaming and decongesting and if that doesn't shift it, see the doc! I am very, very au fait with eustachian tube trials and tribulations!
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replied February 12th, 2008
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Lol. The itches go away in a few minutes and only happen every few months or so, so I don't think it's anything to go to a doctor for.
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replied February 12th, 2008
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Ah, okay - but I recognise that itchy feeling and it usually presages a cold! (Don't say I didn't warn you!)
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replied February 16th, 2008
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Maybe try to clean your sinuses? Maybe there IS a little hair or particle in there! Running saline solution from one nostril to the other might help?
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replied February 16th, 2008
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How would I do that lol? And it's not my sinuses that itch when this happens... Like I said, it usually only lasts for a few minutes. It doesn't itch right now.
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replied March 7th, 2008
Itchy Eustachian Tube
I get an Itchy Eustachian Tube and what works for me is:

-plug nose & keep mouth closed and push air out - pop ears; and

-close mouth and make sure your throat is closed, then tilt head back and pour Nasal Saline Solution up your nose, shake head a bit, and bring head back down and blow your nose into a kleenex.

Keep cleaning your nasal passages out this way and you'll see that soon the itch will be gone. Whatever bacteria got lodged in there will be flushed out.

Some people, their Eustachian Tube won't drain properly and then bacteria can grow, causing the tube to become quite itchy. Keep it flushed out! Saline Solution disinfects.

Good Luck!!
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replied March 7th, 2008
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Well a tube will begin to itch after I pop my ears too much, actually. I can voluntarily pop my ears usually. Right now isn't a good time as I've developed a sinus infection lol! Not due to popping my ears too much; it's just that season.
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replied June 16th, 2008
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Have had this problem all my life. I'm 65. It is allergies, no doubt. I've tried everything from Claritin to prescription drugs.

But I've finally found something that relieves the problem. I purchased a neti-pot and use it daily and particularly when the itching gets bad. Alleviates the itch for a long time, even in the ear.

Try it. Not only does it relieve the itching, it also eases the problem for long periods of time.

Good luck and good health.
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replied October 28th, 2008
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Daily --- once or twice a day?
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replied October 21st, 2009
Eustacian tube itch
I know.... It's annoying! I have learned funny noises that help alllieviate the itching but that just masked the issue but Alas!!!!! I found a solution! And that is....one day I woke up and couldn't hear so I went to the doctor and he said it was a wax buildup and he irrigated my ear to flush out the wax. Ever since I haven't got the e tube itch! I highly recommend getting your ears irrigated... But only by licensed physician...
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replied March 25th, 2010
Hello, I have the same thing and have suffered with it for soooo long, first of all I thought it was eczema of the ear canal but an ENT specialist said it wasn't and that it was most likely eczema of the eustachian tube. He said that it is almost inaccesible without surgery as it's so far into the ear and not much is known about the condition but that he's seen a lot of people with it. I always have to make like a scratchy/raspy noise in the back of my throat or rub my ear hard as the itching feels like it's between the ear and the throat but isn't accesible from either angle! Basically it's one of those annoying things that I was told by the ENT specialist that I would have to live with. Sorrry to be the bearer of bad news!
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replied May 3rd, 2010
Hi this is the main symptoms of allergies, especially in allergic rhinitis. The poster states it happens every few months, could it be pollen? or another allergen? I am a doctor but also have the same problem, I tried benadril, etc but the only one that works for me perfectly is levocetirizine. It is non-drowsy, not many side effects. (not cetrizine, that is an old and not as effective drug). Remember, if you take antihistamine, it takes a few days for your body to build it up. It could be worth giving it a go.
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replied May 15th, 2010
AilmentsGalore, your post was very informative. This is also a problem I've had for years. My solution is to put about a tsp of a vinegar and salt solution in my mouth, squirt some in my ear, tilt my head to the side, and swallow..relieves the itch at both ends. Vinegar and salt both kill bacteria and fungus. I also rub my throat and ear at the same time when I do this. I make the vinegar and salt solution by mixing a tsp. of salt into a cup of white vinegar.
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replied August 28th, 2010
I've had this problem and I hate it. I found drinking tomato juice helps for me. I guess cause it coats my throat. Having the ears irrigated makes a lot of sense to me because I had to have this done a lot when I was a kid. I've self irrigated too but not for this. See if you can find a syringe type squirter (no needles just a hole that squirts) and squirt water mixed with a bit of hydrogen peroxide solution in your ear then rinse with water.
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replied October 8th, 2010
I am soooooo tired of having an itch that I just can't scratch! I was at dinner with my husband and several very important people and it started. I had to excuse myself to the ladies room to dig into my ear like a dog. I have read alot about my symptoms. But nothing seems to help. Blowing out my ears helps for maybe a min. Then I went to an ENT and she said I will have to live with this. This is driving me crazy, I'm now waking myself and my husband up at night with this. What else is there to do? HELP!
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replied December 1st, 2010
Eustachian tube itching, pain and nostri (left only) closing
It's good to hear others have this issue. I have had for years and ENT has given no answer. Drugs and rinses do not help. Itching, also pain and nostril swelling (will also close up) happens on left side only. Will try some of the answers listed.
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replied December 1st, 2010
Eustachian tube itching, pain and nostri (left only) closing
It's good to hear others have this issue. I have had for years and ENT has given no answer. Drugs and rinses do not help. Itching, also pain and nostril swelling (will also close up) happens on left side only. Will try some of the answers listed.
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