16 answers

Plugged up Ears OFTEN and Causing Discomfort. Benadryl and Nettle Not Working.

Hi all you parents out there! I have a question for myself here. My ears have been plugging up often ever since last May. I've taken benadryl, and the Organic allergen med called Nettle. Both are not relieving this at all. I don't know if this is allergies, or if it could be something else. My doc gave me meds for my nose, but to me, ignored my most main concern, and that is my ears. I still need to talk to my main doc about this, but now, I'm pregnant and I'm limited on what I can take. My ears are constantly plugging up. I had them checked out several times for wax build up, and my ears are sqeeky clean. No wax.
So my question is...have any of you experienced this? With yourselves, or even with your kiddos? What relieved the pressure/plugging up, for you?

What can I do next?

Featured Answers

Hi G.. My one-year-old seems prone to congested ears/ear infections, so I bought garlic ear drops. They contain garlic, mullein and St. John's Wort in an olive oil base. They've worked like a charm for us. I think even his pediatrician was impressed. Good luck. Also, have you cut back on dairy?

1 mom found this helpful

More Answers

A couple of things to understand...

The middle ear is a closed system, except for one little hole, which is the Eustachian tube. Your outer ear ends at the eardrum, and is basically just a hallway to let in the sound. Then your middle ear begins, in which the pressure is regulated through air entering and leaving by the E. tube. This is the popping you hear when pressure changes...the air entering or leaving. So if you're stuffy and air needs to enter the middle ear to regulate pressure, it can sometimes suck mucous in and plug it up. I've found that sleeping with the affected ear down can help overnight...lets the mucous drain. Keep the sinuses clear if you can, too. Neti pots and sinus rinses are great. Avoid sugar, as this is an inflammatory and can increase mucous production. Milk also increases mucous.

Also, I highly recommend going to a good chiropractor. If you're out of whack, for some reason it can affect your ears. We had lots of ear infections until the kids went to the chiropractor, to the point of having tubes recommended. Never another one after the chiropractor visit.

Best of luck!

1 mom found this helpful

I totally agree with Diana K on this matter. Get yourself to an E.N.T. -- A.S.A.P.!! I've heard they have a fantastic "vacuum" of sorts for ears...no medication involved which is perfect for your circumstances. They vacuum out all the gunk that goes way down. I bet it would really help you -- regardless of how clean your ear canal is. You more than likely have something in the inner ear causing you grief. Best solution...get it out! I've read not so good things about those ear candles on line -- so go the safe route and just let a doctor take care of this for you. Also -- chiropractic would really help too. During the summer when my boys get swimmers ear we "adjust" their ear and it opens up the tubes and allows for drainage. Sounds horrible, but works like a charm. There's probably no reason for you to use any medication for this issue. Congrats on your pregnancy and good luck with your ear dilema!! I hope you find some relief soon!

1 mom found this helpful

Honey, you need to go see an Ears, Nose and Throat doctor who specializes in this. This specialist will give you a more thorough exam for those areas, and will take into consideration your pregnancy.

~D.

1 mom found this helpful

Benadryl is an antihistimine. I find that decongestants work much better for reliving pressure in the ears and sinuses. I am pregnant too and I am able to take Sudafed which seems to help. I know steamy showers also help me. But if this has been going on for months, I would definitely talk to a doctor until I felt some relief. Your body is working hard with the baby and doesn't need the distraction.

Good luck! I hope you feel better soon!
C.

1 mom found this helpful

Try WALLY'S EAR OIL, you can get it at Hi Health. It gives almost instant relief. I think it's like $11.99 and all natural. Hope this helps! :.)
D.

1 mom found this helpful

Try a decongestant. It's been a while since I've been pregnant so I'm not sure and am going to refrain from suggesting specific decongestants but we use them whenever we feel "plugged up" in the head or ears. We too have allergies, we take antihistimines to prevent/reduce symptoms and decongestants to relieve the after-effects of the allergies.

I am not happy with your doctor for not addressing your congested ears. Try a ENT. and/or a different doctor.

1 mom found this helpful

Lemon Drops. I use to get this alot and the doctors could not figure it out. Allergies, infection etc. I finally went to a nurse practicioner that told me it could be my salivary glands causing the pressure in my ears. Did I get it after I ate? she asks. I did. When my ears hurt, I suck on a lemon drop, or after eating---any sour let down the salivary glands in your mouth releaving the pain in ears. AMAZING

1 mom found this helpful

Hi G.. My one-year-old seems prone to congested ears/ear infections, so I bought garlic ear drops. They contain garlic, mullein and St. John's Wort in an olive oil base. They've worked like a charm for us. I think even his pediatrician was impressed. Good luck. Also, have you cut back on dairy?

1 mom found this helpful

1 / 3
Required Fields

Our records show that we already have a Mamapedia or Mamasource account created for you under the email address you entered.

Please enter your Mamapedia or Mamasource password to continue signing in.

Required Fields

, you’re almost done...

Since this is the first time you are logging in to Mamapedia with Facebook Connect, please provide the following information so you can participate in the Mamapedia community.

As a member, you’ll receive optional email newsletters and community updates sent to you from Mamapedia, and your email address will never be shared with third parties.

By clicking "Continue to Mamapedia", I agree to the Mamapedia Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.