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Can cold or flu create pressure in ears?

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hi. can a cold or flu create pressure in ears and head
Posted Sun, 3 Nov 2013 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Answered by Dr. Hariom Sharma 47 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Malfunctioning Eustachian tube.

Detailed Answer:
Hi Sir,
I have gone through your query and briefly describing the mechanism of the pressure in the ear.

Malfunctioning of Eustachian tube is responsible for the pressure in the ear.

The Eustachian tube(nasopharyngeal tube) connects the middle ear to the nasopharynx( back of the nose).

It opens when we swallow or yawn, allowing the pressure to equalize between the middle ear and the external environment.

But mucosa of eustachian tube swell up from a cold, allergies, or a sinus infection and prevent the eustachian tubes from opening during swallowing or yawning leads to negative pressure in the middle ear and also responsible for pain in the ear.

If you have any doubt, I will be available for your query.

Wish you good health

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