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Eustachian Tube Dysfunction

August 26, 2015 beninguide 0 Comments

Have you ever had your ear feel blocked, muffled or clogged? Was it during a time when you had a cold or allergy attack? Or when you were flying? If so you likely experienced Eustachian Tube Dysfunction. This happens when the tube becomes inflamed and blocked with fluid. This can lead to symptoms that are more annoying than harmful:

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  • Ear(s) may feel plugged or full
  • Hearing may be muffled
  • Clicking or popping
  • A feeling of pressure
  • Mild pain

Fortunately this usually goes away on its own –in hours if the cause was the altitude changes that occur during flying, or a week or two if the cause was a cold, flu, sinus infection or allergies. You can call the Bonita Community Health Center with any concerns. It may help to take an antihistamine if allergies are involved-but it should be one of the newer kinds such as Allegra. Old school types like Benadryl thicken mucus which can make things worse. A decongestant or inhaled steroid medication like Flonase can also be helpful. Yawning and swallowing frequently can also help the tube open, but if the cause is inflammation, time may be the best remedy. Even if your cold, flu or allergy symptoms have improved your ear may take longer to clear. If you experience severe pain, bloody or yellow discharge, or significant hearing loss, see your doctor as these may signal an infection or ruptured eardrum.


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