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Really blocked ear - any tips?

(13 Posts)
BlarneyRubble Sat 10-Feb-18 21:56:27

I’ve had a head cold (mainly sinuses) for about 10 days. For the last 3/4 days I’ve had a really blocked ear. I have constant noise in my ear and normal noises sound really loud in it. It’s driving me crazy.
I already take antihistamines daily (for allergy related eczema) and I use a nasal rinse every night. Any other suggestions. I don’t want to bother the Dr with it but it’s driving me crazy and quite sore if I don’t take pain killers.


Fairylea Sat 10-Feb-18 22:00:22

Old fashioned steaming? Put your head over a bowl of boiling hot water with a towel over the top and breathe in the steam.

BlarneyRubble Sat 10-Feb-18 22:04:58

Thanks Fairylea, will put on my list of stuff to try!
With or without olbas oil in do you think?

Spam88 Sat 10-Feb-18 22:06:56

Are you able to take a decongestant?

TeenagersandFurbabies Sat 10-Feb-18 22:14:38

Try a steroid nasal spray like Beconase or Pirinase as it will calm down the inflammation and your ear will unblock.
It does work as a few years back I went to the doctors after a cold left me with a blocked ear that made squelchy noises and felt very strange.He prescribed a steroid spray and within a week my ear was back to normal.

BlarneyRubble Sat 10-Feb-18 22:24:46

I have taken decongestant tablets and they really help but this is Day 3 of them and you aren’t supposed to take any more than that.

Can I buy the steroid nasal spray over the counter? That sounds like the thing I need too.

MyBoysAndI Sat 10-Feb-18 22:26:19

Yes you can

MyBoysAndI Sat 10-Feb-18 22:26:35


Argeles Sat 10-Feb-18 22:32:50

Do all of the above.

If you have a microwaveable wheat pillow, put that against your ear - so soothing and helps unblock your tubes.

Google the ‘valsalver technique,’ this may help you too.

Turquoisetamborine Sat 10-Feb-18 22:40:44

I use Otex. Works within a couple of days.

BlarneyRubble Sat 10-Feb-18 22:43:24

Brilliant! Thanks everyone, will hit the pharmacy tomorrow.
Also will send dh downstairs to warm up a bean pillow thingy. He’ll be happy to do it if he thinks it will stop me grumbling grin

Marv1nGay3 Sat 10-Feb-18 22:47:26

I had a blocked ear like this with a cold. Cranial osteopathy worked for me- it was like magic. Eustachian tube unstuck immediately! Might be worth a try. You are very wise not to overdo the decongestants as I did this and ended up with a Eustachian tube that was stuck open. It was not nice.

Rainbowsandflowers78 Sun 11-Feb-18 08:50:59

It sounds like you have the start of an ear infection

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