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Ears clogged from a cold

jessmarimba2012-07-04 09:18:17 +0000 #1
Anyone have any tips for relieving clogged ears? Or at least the pain from them? Pharmacist suggested Sudafed (the real stuff) but I might just be too impatient - no effect yet. I'm ready to dig my ears out with a spork.

It's only been 4 days since I got sick, so any doctor worth his salt isn't going to prescribe antibiotics yet.

Man, I was hoping I would outgrow this someday.
PamNY2012-07-04 09:23:56 +0000 #2
Try tilting your head from side to side, or jutting your lower jaw out. Both those tricks help (a little) with clearing ears when diving, or on a plane. Might or might not help with a cold.

I've gotten some relief from decongestant nasal sprays. I know there are arguments against using those. Good luck. I absolutely hate clogged ears,
OakLeaf2012-07-04 10:06:41 +0000 #3
I get some relief from lying on my side with moist heat on my head behind my ear.

That's a miserable feeling. Hope it clears out soon.
marni2012-07-04 09:53:47 +0000 #4
also try breathing in some steam. Put your face over a bowl of very hot water and drape a towel over your head, breath deeply for about 5 minutes- a bit of vicks vapo rub in the water helps as well. This will oopen your sinuses and allow for drainage. Try putting a bit of heat, heating pad set on low or one of those flax seed things you microwave on a towel on your sore ear when you are lying down- with your sore ear on the up side.

Aren't ear aches miserable? but it all about getting those sinuses to drain and relieve the pressure.

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