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May 23rd, 2008
clogged ears
Hi, I was so glad when I put in the topic clogged ears that there were
others who suffer from this. I have no infection or fluid and am looking
for a natural way to unclog my ears. Recently the doctor put me on
cortizone for 6 days and it did relieve the pressure. However my ears
are still clogged. My next step will be an ENT but I am not open to
surgery or long term cortizone, pills, shots, etc. Thank you all for helping
me to feel not alone. I look forward to your suggestions.....
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replied September 5th, 2008
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs for clogged ears and allergies
Has anyone tried acupuncture and Chinese herbs? Acupuncture and herbs can help reduce any lingering infection, clear congestion, open clogged ears, ... even shorten the time you may experience a cold/flu (because, often, if these linger, other symptoms get worse). If done correctly to address not only the symptoms, but to also strengthen your body as a whole, the symptoms shouldn't keep coming back. And since everyone experiences these allergy/head/face symptoms differently, you must find an acupuncturist who will truly take you, as an individual, into account and not one who will only stick in a bunch of needles for the mere symptoms. This type of alternative medicine works with your body's innate ability to clear out the "bad stuff" and strengthen the immune system. Basically, if your systems (energy systems) do not flow in the appropriate manner (blockages occur) and pain and illness result. So Acupuncture is used to re-balance your systems so your body can work the way it's supposed to.

There are also great Herbal versions of antibiotics and allergy medications that have fewer side effects than cortisone and other Western meds. If you get a custom formula made, it can address not only the symptoms, but also help your body to begin working the way it was meant to.

On another note, quercitin supplements help to subdue the histamine response by strengthening the cell structures so they don't "leak" histamines so easily.

Good luck!
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replied September 5th, 2008
I had clogged ears for over a month and it is a very frustrating thing to go through! Really there doesn't have to be anything wrong to cause clogged ears. The middle ear constantly requires pressure equalization. This occurs naturally when air is forced into the eustachian tubes. Every third or so time you swallow (which you do constantly throughout the day) you can actually hear a slight crackling if you pay attention. That is the sound of the eustachian tubes opening which allows air to enter the middle ear and fluid to drain. These tubes are quite small and they can become easily clogged when congested. Decongestion medication can help clear them. Another problem that can occur is that the tubes can actually become suctioned closed. When this happens the amount of pressure normally applied is not enough to force them open. In this case they have to be forced open or the ear drum has to be perforated to release the pressure.

There are some ways that you can open them. You can try forcefully swallowing again and again to open them. You will hear a crackling when they open. The other way to open them is to pop your ears which happens when air is forced into the middle ear through the eustachian tube. Contrary to popular belief it is not harmful to pop your ears and this will equalize the pressure. You can do this with the valsalva maneuver which is pretty much pinching your nose and blowing into your cheeks to make your ears pop. This has to be done carefully to avoid breaking the eardrum. Another method is yawning. Yawning will open the tubes and will cause a noticeable pop. Another method is called the Frenzel Maneuver which involves pulling the tongue along the roof of the mouth and creating a pocket that will force the air into the eustachian tubes. I tried and tried and this was simply impossible for me to do.

It took a month before I finally popped my ears but when I did it was a fantastic day. My ears haven't clogged since. Interestingly, my understanding is that a clogged ear is more likely to cause an infection (as the fluid buildup is fertile grounds for infection to grow) then an infection is to cause the clogged ears.
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replied February 14th, 2009
Clogged Ears
Needless to say these symptoms are very depressing and cause a lot of anguish; but have faith... It will get better...

I have experienced this problem when I flew a commercial flight to Europe while I had a sinus infection and a lot of congestion. At the time I did not know how serious a problem it could cause to do that.

I had a very intense pain when the plane reached high altitude and my ear popped and clogged. The pain subsided after landing but the fluid and mucous had passed into the eustachian tube and filled my inner ear. I was already taking antibiotics when I flew to Europe but the infection was so stubborn that I ended up taking three rounds (6 weeks) total of antibiotics (I visited a doctor twice while in Europe) as well as a decongestant.

During the next 3-4 months I was 90% deaf in that ear and experienced a very annoying ring (tinnitus) and dizziness. After the 4th month the clog cleared partially and my ear popped; but for a couple of months it would re-clog and then clear again. The dizziness left but I still had the tinnitus.

Finally, It took about 6-8 months for the tinnitus to go away and the ear would stay clear for the most part but when I would eat I would experience a one time squeaky sound like air pressure equalizing, but my ear seemed clear for the next couple years except for the occasional equalization of air that would cause a 1 or 2 second squeak when I would chew. It took about 2 years for my ear to get completely back to normal.

I will never fly with a sinus infection again!
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replied February 23rd, 2009
Guys, OMG so many of us )))
Anyways, i've been sick for eternity already. Since like September, got some crazy foreign angina from a friend who visited from Europe, got over it in a month, then got sick in december because my retarded office is always cold, almost recovered mid-January when one night I got really cold and after that hell started, running nose, crazy coughing, clogged ears. It more or less got better after a couple of weeks, but clogged ears remained. So annoying, I tried every possible thing nothing helped. So one night I went to Chinese restaurant and ordered a large hot & sour soup, which was really hot, my mouth was burning, by the time I finished my meal I was sweateing, nose was running like a river and after a couple of hours my ears were popping and uclogging. Next day I had more of it, and ears finally got perfectly fine, no running nose no congestion, no nothing. Who would have though.
By the way I also have a deviated septum, had my tonsils removed when I was a kid, and lots and lots of illnesses with ears, so I was really surprised that something simple like a hot spicy soup could make the trick.
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replied May 24th, 2009
I really hope someone can help me, this has been torture!

In December 2003 I boarded a plane with a cold and my head and sinuses felt "full", which created a clogged ear feeling. When I pinch my nose and breath outward, it feels as though my ears are clogged.

I have been to ear specialists, Doctors, even the throat and hearing center at my University: They all tell me that my ears test normal and I'm 100% fine. The ear specialist actually laughed at me! Yet, I still have the fullness to this day.

I seemed to have found the problem on my own, despite what these "experts" tell me. Someone told me to run a Neti Pot, as it seems like I have a eustachian tube dysfunction. Lo and Behold, the Neti Pot WILL NOT flow freely through my nose, like something is blocking the movement of liquid through my eustachian tubes.

How can I allow this to work if the Neti Pot won't flow? I'm dirt poor without insurance, and I can't even get a good workout in without feeling vertigo. How do I fix myself? Please help me!!!
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replied September 6th, 2009
I have had blocked ears for 4 months now. I can be standing there having a conversation and all of a sudden I feel like I'm under water. There is no pain, just can't hear and then my throat feels like there is a lump in it, so it's hard to carry on a conversation. I also feel like I have mucous in the back of my throat, but my ent said my throat looks excellent. It is driving me nuts. I've been to 3 ent's. I'm now on my second steroid therapy, which seems to be making it worse. He also has me spraying my nose first with 2 puffs of saline in each nose, followed by 2 puffs of Astepro. A half hour later, I have to again spray 2 puffs of saline and then 2 puffs of Nasacort. I've been doing this for a week, but the ears and throat don't feel any better. I have an appointment in three weeks, but I think I might go insane before that! I've been amoxicillen, nexium, allergy medicine. Every ent just plays it off as allergies, which is may be, but I have no symptoms of allergies, such as runny or stuffy nose, no watery eyes, no itchy throat. I feel for all of you are going through this worse than I am. I don't have pain, it's just really frustrating and annoying and hard to concentrate. Good luck to everyone and I will keep reading hopefully to find some relief. Thanks for listening.
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replied October 18th, 2009
Clogged Ears
When I try to pop my ears by holding my nose and blowing it causes extreme dizziness. Even when I blow my nose. My ears started to clog about 3 weeks ago when I got sick. I'm still sick but the ear thing makes no sense to me at all. This has never happened to me before and I've actually never heard of it. This is really bothering me. I hate going to hospitals too. I hope I can find a way to get rid of this without having to go see a doctor.
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replied October 29th, 2009
Ive had those same symtoms after flying alot and its been about six years i also started having lock jaw and swelling behind mi ears near mi jaw im so tired of doctos no-one can tell mi anything i also need help
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replied November 17th, 2009
ear still clogged!!!!!
Hi, I have had left ear very clogged. Since Sept.
I have been through 3 coures of antibotics and steroids,
My ear is stilled blocked:(
ear specialist took ct. everything looked ok. eustain tube is swollen and now going on my 4th round of antiobotics and anti-fungal pills.
I do have ear crackling once in awhile with left ear.
I'm going crazy! Has anyone gone through this before
Help!!!!
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replied January 10th, 2010
Clogged Ears
I am a college student suffering from what seemed to be a month long cold. However, I went to my doctor recently and he said I had a sinus infection and gave me an antibiotic. Three antibiotics and two weeks later I am still suffering from sinus infection symptoms such as: clogged ear, sore throat, used to have a cough, massive headache, and a lot of pressure in the front part of my head. I am now going to a ent doctor because nothing seems to be working and I cannot seem to get better. Maybe it is a viral infection opposed to a bacterial infection, which would explain why the antibiotics are not working. If anyone is feeling similar or has answers please respond. I will let everyone know what the ent doctor says.
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replied February 8th, 2010
I read somewhere that some sinus infections could actually be fungal and wont respond to antibiotics- causing the infection to become chronic. I feel like this is where I'm at.
The post suggested using Argentyn 23 Silver nose spray (otc) along with 200 mg of Diflucan for 6-12 weeks.....It's worth a shot.

I too am going through the same thing. I have had a runny nose for as long as I can remember, (10+ yrs), on and off ear aches with-out ear infections. Last October I had a cold that seemed to last the entire month. I also had a sore throat and enlarged tonsils with spots. I tested negetive for strep and was put on amoxicillan for suspected tonselitis. It cleared my sinuses, but 2 weeks later I was back to being stuffed up. I started using zicam nasal spray which helped, but became extremely reliant on the spray to keep my airways open- turns out it's addicting. Fast forward to end of January-the nasal spray wasn't working anymore. I had horrible ear pain, jaw pain, headaches, my eyes hurt- all from sinus pressure. I knew I had to go back into the doctor. I was put on Augmentin 875mg for 10 days. By day 5 I was feeling worse than ever with sinus pressure. I bought a netti pot and started a saline rinse. Finally I felt like I was getting somewhere. My congestion started to break up, but my ears were feeling more clogged. I finished the antibiotic 4 days ago and my ears are worse than ever. Not to mention I'm just as stuffy as I was when I started Augmentin- only i'm with out the pressure. My ears are clogged, I feel like I'm under water, I can barely hear. BUT I can hear myself eat, breathe, sleep....it's the most annoying thing ever. I talked to my doctor again, he said to try Mucinex D, or the combination of Sudafed and Robitussen (which is Mucinex D).Mucinex has not a made a difference in the 4 days of taking it. I can't blow my nose, I breathe in. And worst of all, my ears seem to be getting worse. I use the netti-pot morning and night, which is at least allowing me to get something out, and shows some effectiveness, but not enough to offer relief. I'm going to try this Diflucan thing...I figure it can't get any worse.
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replied March 24th, 2010
I have same problem, out of no where about 6-7 months ago my ears got clogged. Well they pop like everytime i mess with them or swallow they just have pressure on them all the time. I dont have insurance so i finally got some money to go see a ENT. He said my ears were fine he said it looks like I have deviated septum. But I dont have any symptoms of it really other than the clogged ears. I dont know if i should get the surgery done to correct it or what. My ears are annoying i just want them unclogged Sad I really dont got the money to be visitng alot of doctors to get others opinions. Please help what do you guys suggest I do?
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replied August 18th, 2010
Natural Remedy-Xylitol and Nettles
I hear ya!!! Well kind of. I have gone through the Amox, steroids, and even meds for incontinence from all the coughing. Now, I have no congestion or any other symptoms at all, but one of my ears keeps clogging up. When I yawn, it pops and then a few seconds later, it clogs again. The pharmacist told me to use Wal-Act, or Actifed. I had a horrible reaction to it. About an hour after taking it, my nose completely clogged up and my ears plugged. I also had diarrhea. I was told to take Benedryl to counteract the reaction. I finally when to my local Sprouts health food store looking for a product called X-Clear with xylitol in it. The lady at the counter also recommended nettles. I bought both. She told me to use my neti-pot too. Well see how that goes. Only one ear is clogged, but I'm facing a huge dilemma. For some reason, since all of this has been going on (for 2 1/2 months), when I have an orgasm, which has been twice, right when it starts, my head feels like it's exploding. The pain is unbearable. I'm scared that I've ruptured something in my head. Needless to say, I've refrained. But something has to help.
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replied October 4th, 2010
Somewhat comforting to see that there are so many people out there with similar problems, but frustrating to see that very few have overcome them. I've been suffering from a clogged left ear for almost 15 years. (Yes, 15 YEARS.) A few years into it, the post-nasal drip started, and its been constant ever since. Over the years I've been to countless ENTs, allergists, did allergy shots for 2 yrs, did accupuncture and chinese herbs, had a temporary tube put in my ear, tried a range of antibiotics, nasal sprays, decongestants, sinus irrigation, ear candling, cortisone injections into my nasal turbinates... and NOTHING HELPS. The sensation worsens with some food, and occasionally I get a popping sound in the ear, but the clogged sensation never goes away. Needless to say, I feel like I haven't been myself since I was 20 years old, which just sucks. Always feels like there's a ton of thick mucus at the bottom of my eustacian tube, but can never get it out. Latest recommendation is to have the nasal turbinates surgically reduced, but they admitted that it's just a shot in the dark, which doesn't instill much confidence. Definitely getting some other ideas reading through these posts, but if there's anything else anyone can suggest, I'm all ears! (well, all EAR.)
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replied November 27th, 2010
Eustachian tube sinus congestion
Hello everyone!
Thanks for sharing your experience! I've been going through a similar ordeal for months now... I'm actually wondering if there is not also a psychosomatic aspect to these ears getting blocked. Our body is talking to us, asking us to take care of ourselves... Has anybody overcome sinus/ear congestion with meditation? I'd love to hear about this path. Good luck!
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replied April 13th, 2011
cloggged ears
Yes there sure are a lot of us. I have been dealing with clogged ears for 3 years. They crackel and pop constantly. Especially if I go to a higher elevation or take an elevator. I am constantly swallowing thick mucus. I have done to countless drs, ENT's Chiropractors, Nuropaths etc. I have had 3 sets of tubes and sinus surgery. NOTHING has helped. I don't recomend the surgury it was an awful experiance and didn't help at all. I am getting ready to try the diflucan and accupunture. There has to be something. It is so annoying.
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replied May 1st, 2011
stop using the netti pot if you have ear issues
Stop using the Netti Pot if you have ear problems. It makes my symptoms much much worse. I have the same issues. Post-nasal drip and it feels like there is mucus in my ears all the time.
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replied May 1st, 2011
stop using the netti pot if you have ear issues
Stop using the Netti Pot if you have ear problems. It makes my symptoms much much worse. I have the same issues. Post-nasal drip and it feels like there is mucus in my ears all the time.
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replied November 16th, 2011
Stuffiness in your ears.
I too have suffered for many years with stuffiness in my ears. I don't really have blockage in my nasal passages but it mostly affects me when I lie down at night. If I don't take sudafed it will start to casue my sinuses to block up but when I get up it all goes back to my ears. I've been treated for sinus infections before but it doesn't clear my ears. I will also cause me to be dizzie at times.

Have any of you tried acidophilus? My doctor told me that after taking so many rounds of antibiotics that it affects the good bacteria in your intestinal track and that in turn can affect your sinuses. It didn't make since to me but then he explained that mucus is not just in your nasal passages but in your intestinal track as well.

Anyway...I tried taking some and can't believe the difference it makes. Only thing is if I stop taking it the stuffiness in my ears returns. I guess it's better than taking sudafed or antibiotics or steriods all the time but I sure would like to know more about this. If you try it make sure you buy a good quality, high dose acidophilus thought cause that stuff they sell as walmart..."Pearl" it think it's called doesn't work.
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replied June 26th, 2012
I have had the problem of swollen throat and clicking ears for 50 years. There has never been a diagnosis other than possibly allergies. I have difficulty swallowing saliva, always gulping. I have no problem swallowing food or liquids. Different remedies have been suggested by physicians but none brought relief. Some days the problem is worse than other days. I have had to learn to live with this but I still dream of a cure.
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