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I am experiencing a "bunged-up" feeling in both ears

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I am experiencing a "bunged-up " feeling in both ears although my GP has checked and reported no visible blockage. I have heard of a condotion called "glue ear" .Is this it and how do I treat it?
JA: How long have you been dealing with the ear issue? Have you had any colds or flus recently?
Customer: The symptoms have continud for about 2-3 months . It was not consistent withe duration of a recent heavy cold.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: No.
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 months ago.

Hello, this is Dr. David. I am reviewing your question now and will be with you momentarily.

Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 months ago.

Glue ear is a common childhood condition where the middle ear becomes filled with fluid.

The medical term for glue ear is otitis media with effusion

your doctors would be able to see fluid behind your ear drum if you had an inner ear infection with effusion.

you may need to take allergy medications to help clear up sinuses which can be congested which can keep fluid in your inner ear.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
What medications should I take?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 months ago.

you can use over the counter Allegra (fexofenedine) 180mg for allergies or Claritin (loratadine) or Zyrtec (cetirizine)

and also a steroid nasal spray like Nasocort (triamcinolone nasal), Rhinocort (budesonide nasal)

these can be used for spring allergies to help clear up sinuses and help you breath better

you can also try to help drain fluid out of your inner ear by yawning and thrusting your lower jaw forward at the same time. this helps open up your eustachian tube which drains fluid from your ear into your sinuses.

it can take a bit of practice.

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