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My right ear has felt blocked for just under three weeks. Worse

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My right ear has felt blocked for just under three weeks. Worse when I wake up in the morning. My whole right hand side of my face feels tight and I feel I have an obstruction in my throat that I can't clear. I have been to the doctor and he said my ears were clear. What is this problem, as it is driving me mad.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 3 years ago.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Hi there. Thank you for your question. I will be helping you out with your queries

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Since how long are you having this throat problem?

Customer:

For a about a week

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Do you have any problems swallowing things?

Customer:

No, just feels uncomfortable, like when you have catarr after a bad cold

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Have you been experiencing a sore throat or a cold prior to the ear problem?

Customer:

I have had a few colds, last cold I had was middle January

Dr. Shahzad MD :

The ear pain that you are having is most likely due to blockage of a tube that connects the ear to the throat, called as the eustachian tube.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

This tube gets blocked when one has frequent upper respiratory infections like what you have had.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Another cause, particularly with the feeling of something blocking your throat, is acid reflux into your throat for which you can try OTC zantac and see if that helps.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Trying something like OTC decongestant like sudafed (pseudoephedrine) may help open up the tube

Customer:

Can it make your jaw feel tight?

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Tight jaw can happen due to upper respiratory or throat infections yes.

Customer:

How long can this take to clear?

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Should not take long.

Customer:

Can breathing in hot steam with eucalyptus help? I have tried sudafed and it hasn't really worked (7 days)

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Yes it may help.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

You can try taking something like OTC nose spray that contains xylometazoline which may help.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

But do not take this spray for more than a week.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Plus I would recommend that you consult an ENT doctor if your symptoms do not improve in the next few days to a week time.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Are you with me?

Customer:

Yes, thank you, XXXXX XXXXX been driving me mad. I feel more released now

Dr. Shahzad MD :

You are most welcome
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