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Ear ache, blocking during travel, swollen ear lobes and difficulty in hearing. Worrisome?

Hi Dr. My brother travelled from Korea to London yesterday and in the stopover he contacted me saying that his ears were aching and one of them has got blocked and he couldn t hear properly with that ear. He also noticed both his ear lobes swollen. He has travelled often but this is the first time he has encountered such a problem. We are very worried. What can be the cause of swollen ear lobes and is it something serious. please respond urgently. thanking u.
Asked On : Sat, 8 Sep 2012
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The symptom of earache following flight journey could be due to blockage of the Eustachian tube (the tube connecting nose and the ear) while landing. The swollen ear lobes are not related to the former problem. As of now, treatment is to relieve the earache and the block. Inform your brother to buy xylometazoline or oxymetazoline nasal spray or drops (this is a OTC medicine) and use it thrice a day for 3-4days. Also he can buy an anti-inflammatory medicine such as diclofenac or ibuprofen for the pain relief.

Swollen ear lobes could be due to allergy induced, an antihistaminic such as fexofenadine or cetrizine will help in relieving the swelling.

Dr. Naveen Kumar N.
ENT and Head & Neck Surgeon
Answered: Sat, 8 Sep 2012
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