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Had dry cough, runny nose. Lost voice, ear blocked. Clear with antibiotics?

i got a dry rasping cough a couple of weeks ago which started to subside. Then a runny nose developed a week into it. This has dried up, but I do feel i have catarrh . Then, four days ago, i lost my voice but my throad is not sore. For the last three days, i felt my left ear block . I tried to clear it by blowing down my nose, whilst pinching it, but this failed. I could not get to see my Doctor, but managed to see the nurse, who said that my eardrum was retracted. She gave me some antibiotics and said i had sinusitis . The chemist was reluctant to give me decongestants because I had a virus a couple of years ago which developed into labrynthitis and was very severe. This has left me with balance problems. The blocked ear is only adding to the list! Will the blocked ear clear with the antibiotics?
Asked On : Sun, 3 Feb 2013
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Thanks for writing in HCM. Get your ears clinically examined, popping in medicines will not help. Get an X-ray PNS done to rule out sinusitis or any other problem. Get properly diagnosed. Ears may get blocked due to a number of reasons, the commonest being ear -wax, congestion, chronic cold or sinusitis, allergies, etc.

Take steam inhalation, 2 or 3 times a day, you will feel better. If you are not allergetic to doxycyline, it can be of much help to you. You can take anti-histaminics for relief ( consult your doctor before taking medicines ). Take warm, semi solid food and soups. Avoid fresh fruits and refrigerated products.

Neglecting your ears can complicate your problems, get treated without waste of time. Take care.
Answered: Mon, 4 Feb 2013
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