How to Get Rid of Ear Congestion
Ear congestion is described as pressure, muffled hearing, or fullness that is often compared to being in flight or submerged under water. Pressure in your ears can be caused by a variety of factors, like:
- Cold or flu
- Sinus Infection
- Air travel
- Wax buildup
- Eustachian tube dysfunction
Remedies for Relief
The best way to treat your ear congestion is to determine the cause and choose a treatment options specifically for the cause. Any infection or irritation in the nasal and oral cavities can cause ear congestion.
Treat your sinuses. Your sinuses and ears are connected, so when you’re feeling pressure in your sinuses it can often affect the pressure in your ears. Ear congestion due to sinus issues can be caused by a cold, the flu, allergies, or a sinus infection. Treating your sinus congestion may offer relief for your ear congestion as well. You can do this by:
- Using a decongestant
- Using moisture to your advantage
- Gently blowing your nose
- Using a sinus rinse (make sure to use sterile or distilled water)
Fluid in the ear can also cause ear congestion. Carefully hop up and down on one foot while tilting your affected ear toward the ground or lie down on a pillow for an hour to let gravity help expel the fluid. Most people think excessive earwax should be removed with cotton swabs or other such items, but those can actually push the wax deeper into the ear canal. It’s best to use an irrigation kit or warm garlic oil, a hydrogen peroxide/water solution, or a vinegar/rubbing alcohol solution to soften the wax instead.
An examination by a medical professional at FastMed may provide relief by determining the underlying cause of your ear congestion and discussing the available treatment options. Whether you’re experiencing ear congestion, need a flu shot, or even a physical exam, FastMed is available.
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