Ear pressure can have a variety of causes, but it is often the result of a problem with the Eustachian tube, which is an opening that runs from the back of the nose and throat to the middle ear. Ear pressure occurs when this tube is blocked, swollen, or collapsed. This tube works to ventilate the middle ear space by regulating air pressure, so when it is block, swollen, collapsed, or improperly functioning, ear pressure can build and become uncomfortable.
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FastMed Can Find You Quick Relief for Ear Pressure
When the Eustachian tube is blocked, swollen, or collapsed, air or fluid can build up in the middle ear and cause uncomfortable or painful ear pressure. Sometimes home remedies are enough to relieve ear pressure, so ear problems may need medical attention to avoid a more serious condition.
Ear pressure can have a variety of causes:
- Congenital factor (some people are born with narrow Eustachian tubes that are more prone to dysfunction)
- Altitude changes (shifts in environmental air pressure that occur during plane take-off and landing, mountain climbing, or scuba diving)
- Infections (caused by fluid accumulation or respiratory infections that affect the sinuses)
- Other health conditions (such as allergies, excessive ear wax, or tumors)
Symptoms of ear pressure may include:
- Mild hearing loss
- Feeling of fullness or stiffness in the ear
- Pain and pressure
- Bleeding from the nose
If you are experiencing mild ear pressure, you may be able to relieve your symptoms by yawning or chewing gum (especially if the cause is due to environmental air pressure changes), applying a warm compress, or taking an over-the-counter decongestant. Seek medical attention if your ear pressure is more severe.
FastMed Urgent Care’s compassionate medical professionals can help you treat your ear pressure and prevent your condition from worsening. We accept most major forms of insurance, so quick and convenient care remains affordable.
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