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    ear pain after blowing my nose
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    EMarzley posted:
    I have been suffering through a cold for about a week now. Today I was blowing my nose and my right ear made a strange squeaking popping noise and now it feels like there is LOTS of pressure in my ear. It is quite painful and ringing slightly. I can still hear but things are muffled. What could have happened??
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    Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
    You most likely blew air up your eustachian tubes into your middle ear. This increased pressure can be very painful; sometimes, it can even rupture your eardrum.

    If you can medically use pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) this may help, or you can try taking a short-acting nasal decongestant spray. The pharmacist will help you select one. Ibuprofen - an anti-inflammatory medication -- will help with the pain and swelling. Drink warm liquids and hang in there....this pressure should self-resolve, but it is not possible to know how long it might take.


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