what is a clogged ear?
When suffering a clogged ear you have the feeling that the ear is clogged. Sometimes there may also be a feeling of pressure.
A clogged ear can also be associated with (an increase in) ringing in the ears. Since the sound often enters less well, the brain translates that into ringing in the ears. When the ear is open again, the ringing in the ears might decrease.
Which medicine for clogged ears?
Medication can help against a clogged ear, but first it must be clear what the cause is.
A closed ear can be reduced by using an anti-inflammatory nasal spray.
If there is an allergy, anti-allergic medicines can help.
What possible conditions can cause a clogged ear?
If the symptoms do not disappear in a few days, it is advisable to consult a doctor. A clogged ear can have many different causes.
The most common causes are:
When to contact us?
If the GP cannot find a clear cause for the complaint or if the complaints do not disappear within a few days, it is advisable to make an appointment with an ENT specialist as soon as possible. It is very important to quickly find out the cause of the complaint, so that treatment can be started quickly. Sudden deafness, for example, must be treated within 2 weeks of onset.
Dutch Association for ENT Surgery
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