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Old 10-24-2008, 01:23 PM
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Clogged eustachian tube :(

So, my doctor told me today that I have a clogged eustachian tube causing my right ear drum to retract. He recommended using Flonase & Musinex because it is probably allergy related. My ear is clean & free of wax. He then said it may take 2 to 4 weeks to resolve. Anyone else have this happen and what was your experience??

I can feel all the crude / post-nasal drip running down my throat. And it also feels really odd having only one side of your head clogged. In the past, I think both my ears clogged at the same time. I feel out-of-balance & off kilter.
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Old 10-24-2008, 06:18 PM
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that happens to me with my allergies - it sucks.

try meclizine if you get vertigo, it really helps (it's over the counter, but i think you have to ask the pharm for it.)
a plain saline spray/flush will help get all the junk out if you don't want to use the flonase etc. i find that it sorta comes and goes, and i have to deal with it.
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I got strep throat that also caused me to have tinnitus (ringing of the ears) and an eardrum infection as well. My ears got flushed out because they were clogged with wax but it took a week for the pain and ringing to go away. I also got prescribed a nasal spray which also helped, but I can't remember the name of it.

I was just learning about eustatian tubes in my nursing modules today but I don't remember reading about treatments.

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My doctor has me use Afrin for 3 days (max) or until I get the ear to pop - which ever comes first. To get your ear to pop, you need to plug your nose and blow out gently. The nasal spray clears the airway between your nose and your ears. Inflammation from allergies causes this airway to decrease the airflow to your ears which then causes your ear to retract. You need to get your ear drum to pop so it can drain out the inflammation.
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Old 10-25-2008, 01:45 PM
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Thanks for the input Kate, Courtz & Dawn. I'm going to have to be patient and see how the medicine he recommended works.

Dawn -- I do the airway pop thing, but then it closes back up and I don't want to do that 20+ times a day.
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Old 10-25-2008, 08:38 PM
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Dawn -- I do the airway pop thing, but then it closes back up and I don't want to do that 20+ times a day.
I also had the same problem. If I plugged my nose, my ears would open for a minute and just close up again The ear infection I had was the worst moment of my life and I was starting to go crazy
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I'm not sure if this is the same thing you have, but I had nearly constant ear infections as a baby...turns out that most of those are caused by milk protein allergies. But in the 80s no one knew that If you're getting these a lot, cutting out all dairy (whey, casein, everything, which is a pain bc they put it in random supposedly non-dairy food) might make the allergies go away partially or completely.
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Hmmm... I actually used to have this problem all the time whenever I would scuba dive... apparently my eustachian tubes are shaped the wrong way so I couldn't get the pressure to equalize, and then they would become clogged for hours or sometimes even days afterwards... I couldn't even release the pressure by holding my nose... I second the Afrin... once I discovered it, it worked wonders for me Now I use it before diving and I don't even have the problem afterwards
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well at least you don't have a clogged fallopian tube
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Old 11-04-2008, 09:45 AM
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^ That's a way to look on the bright side. lol

Thanks for the suggestions.

I am doing better. Using the Flonase and Musinex, my head unclogged and I was better in about a week. Right now, I am trying to wean myself off the flonase because I read that it is not a good idea to say on a steriod (flonase) for a long time. Right now I am at one spray in each nostril every 2 days. Hopefully I will be off it completely soon.
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I usually have itching in my ears because of my allergy and I just noticed that my son has a lot of scratches in his ears I think he has the same allergies as me, but the doc said to test him when he turns 2.
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