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I am researching blocked ears. I flew 6 days ago very

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I am researching blocked ears. I flew 6 days ago very congested and my ear has not popped since landing.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 1 year ago.

Hi--any ear pain or drainage?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No pain, no drainage. Battling a very bad cough and lots of mucus. Was very congested on the flight and ear feels full. Like there is an air bubble.
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 1 year ago.

OK. This is what's called Eustachian tube dysfunction where the tube is partially blocked. You can try treating it with either a saline nasal spray or a saline nasal irrigation system but I wouldn't advise any antihistamines or decongestants since those can actually make it worse. It should resolve itself in a few days.

Let me know if you need any more information please

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Even if it had been several days. I just took an antihistamine. Will stop and go buy a nasal spray.
Should I be worried?
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 1 year ago.

Nothing really to worry about but try the nasal spray. If that doesn't help a course of oral prednisone from your doctor will resolve this