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Clogged ear after flu
vikingslax posted:
I was just getting over my symptoms from the flu when I woke up on December 20th with a clogged ear. I went to the doctor, because I was flying to Boston to go skiing with my family the next day. The nurse practitioner prescribed nasonex. During the flight to Boston I was still a little bit congested, but my ears didn't hurt or do anything out of the ordinary. My left ear still felt clogged and my right felt normal. However the next day, after I took a shower the clogged ear seemed to get a tad better, I could actually hear out of it. It has been feeling "partially clogged" for the past two weeks. I'm home now from Boston, and I finally popped it yesterday, however when I woke up today it was "partially clogged" again. I ended up popping it 30 minutes after I woke up. My left ear felt clear again I thought it was finally gonna stay like that, but now its "partially clogged" again. I'm honestly scared I don't want live like this for the rest of my life, I'm only 14 and this thing is so annoying. When I walk it audibly thumps in my head and when i chew its loud and when I scratch my face or hair I hear it loudly. I just want it to go away.
Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
Keep on the Nasonex. The cause of your intermittent symptoms are most likely your Eustachian tubes, so they can flair up again from time to time. This is cold season and people still get allergies this time of year as well, so the e-tubes can become dysfunctional with very little provocation.

If you are not improving, your parents will need to take you to see a good ENT specialist.
vikingslax replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
My ears are starting to pop occasionally if I swallow,burp or yawn, and when they do I can hear out of them clearly for maybe an hour or so, then it gets clogged again until it decides to pop again. Before, it stayed stuffed up solidly, and it would not pop clear. I'm just wondering if maybe that's a sign that it's starting to get better?
Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to vikingslax's response:
I would consider that a good indication that you are improving.

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