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I had bronchitis which has cleared up (still has a bit of a cough), but still has a lot of mucus in my nose. My one ear got blocked a week ago and the other one got blocked yesterday as well. It is very annoying as my hearing is greatly affected. I would like to know if this medication will actually help to unblock my ears and how long should it take? Please advice.

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replied March 11th, 2008
Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Answer A3767
YOU WROTE: List of other diseases, conditions, or injuries and their treatment: Had a deodenul ulcer 6 years ago, but that has cleared up. Get occasional hay-fever. When pregnant - suffered from varicose veins
Diagnosis that has been suggested: Blocked ears due to tubes between ears and nose congested.
Current medical status: Congested sinuses, blocked ears - had an ear examination Immune system is low as I get every ailment that my 9 month old baby gets....
Current medical treatment: To use a anti-histamine (Fexo 180mg) 1x day for ten days + Drixine nasal spray 3 x day for 5 days. Also use ACC 200 - 3x a day

Your ears will be blocked as long congestion of the Eustachian tube is present. Congestion is usually due to inflammation of the nose, sinuses and upper throat. Inflammation is usually caused by infection (mostly viral infections). In some people, allergies can be also present and cause inflammation and congestion of the ears. In these cases, antihystamines are used to calm the allergy. Furthermore, Drixine (metazolinum) is a decongestive drug. Drixine reduces mucous swelling. An ACC 200 (acetylcysteine) is a secretolytic drug that decreases the nasal mucus’s viscosity and makes it easier for expelling. All these medication are helpful.

In cases of a viral infection, symptoms last for about a week. But if a bacterial infection is present, treatment is longer (2 weeks) and requires antibiotics. Bacterial sinusitis is usually treated with large-spectral antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin, amoxicillin+clavulanic acid, etc. Proper antibiotics can be chosen and prescribed to you according to an antibiogram, or the result of a laboratory test to identify sensitivity of an isolated bacterial strain to different antibiotics. You can consult an ENT specialist about this condition for more information and follow up.

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