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Cattarh behind ear drum, had cold, flu - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi there
I have had flu or cold for a couple of weeks and can taste mucus in the back of throat etc. However my hearing in my left ear has gone muffled and i have a slight ringing which does not go away. I went to the doctors about a week ago and was told Cattarh was behind my ear drum and i would just have to ride it out, however its now gone 2 weeks and my ear is the same. Any advice how to get rid of this would be great.
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi
Doctor :   Dr.
Doctor :   Let me read your query
User :   hi
User :   ok
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender please ?
User :   im male and age 32
Doctor :   is this the first time you have been experiencing it >?
User :   yes ive had coughs and colds etc many times but ive never had my ear block for 2 weeks
Doctor :   and you have been taking any medications ?
User :   No, they told me it was a viral infection so i should ride it out. They suggested some Sudafed etc which i used but nothing has worked.
Doctor :   i see
Doctor :   well viral is something that will not respond to medications
Doctor :   but there are ways you can do to ease it
Doctor :   The conventional drug treatment is decongestants
Doctor :   since hoe many days you been on sudafed ?
User :   im just wanting to make sure that its normal really that the muffled sounds etc in that ear and ringing for 2 weeks is normal and nothing to worry about
User :   i took them for about 3 days
Doctor :   The air can be very dry in the winter. Be sure to increase the humidity level at home or in the office. This will help to keep the mucus thin so that it can drain from the nasal passageways, thus preventing sinus headaches. A small humidifier works well when you don't have a full house humidifier.
Doctor :   thats normal dont worry
Doctor :   Alternatively, boil some water to add humidity into the air. If the bout of catarrh is particularly bad, try running the hot water in the bathroom and sit in the steam in with bathroom door closed. This may provide immediate relief.
Doctor :   Using saline drops or spray can effectively help ease the symptoms of catarrh by hydrating the nasal passages.
Doctor :   Another method to keep the mucous membranes clear is to use nasal irrigation.
Doctor :   Similar to saline drops, nasal irrigation uses a warm saline solution poured into the nasal cavities to rinse them and provide hydration. Regular cleansing helps keep the sinuses and nasal passages clear.
Doctor :   When the catarrh is particularly thick and is blocking the nasal passages or causing pain, a warm compress may be applied to the face. Heat a wet cloth and place onto the face, over the nose and cheeks. Apply as often as needed. This will help loosen the thick phlegm that is stuck in the passageways
Doctor :   Alternatively, use a facial steamer or steam inhaler. The steam warms up the air in the nasal passageways, thus loosening the mucus and preventing inflammation.
User :   thats great, i can try a few of them tonight. do you have any idea how long it can last and when or if i should go back to the GP?
Doctor :   also drink plenty of water to keep the mucus loose and the membranes moist. Avoid caffeinated beverages, as caffeine tends to further restrict the membranes.
Doctor :   Try to avoid medicated nasal sprays, as these may cause over drying. The sprays only provide temporary relief and they can become habit forming. There may be long term adverse effects in using medications to dry the sinuses. Once the medication wears off, the sinuses can become too dry or swollen.
Doctor :   viral takes about a week
Doctor :   i am sure the what i said will give you relief
Doctor :   till its completely gone
User :   OK well i will give them a try, like i said it was just because it had been 2 weeks already that i was a bit worried
Doctor :   thats ok it is pretty cold out there too
Doctor :   that only aggravates it
User :   yeah, well i will try all you said and hopefully it does not go on for a 3rd week as the loss of hearing is affecting my work
Doctor :   i can understand
Doctor :   dont worry you will be fine
Doctor :   take good care of your self
User :   thanks for your help
Doctor :   and i wish you happy holidays
User :   you too
Doctor :   your most welcome
Doctor :   good bye
User :   bye
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