Can sinusitis lead to severe ear pain and popping sensations?
Sinusitis, eustachian tube dysfunction, may have an ear infection
You may have sinusitis with eustachian tube dysfunction, an ear infection may also be present as well.
The eustachian tube is a tube that connects the middle ear to the area to the back of the throat. It can behave abnormally in persons with sinusitis or in the cold/ a cough.
It has different functions, if it is not working well then this can cause the popping sensation.
It is treated with the Valsalva manoeuvre which is just a fancy name for the manoeuvre done in the plane when ears feel stuck.
In addition, an antihistamine-decongestant combination needs to be used eg Benadryl D, Allegra D, Zyrtec D, Claritin D.
You may also need a course of antibiotics as well.
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I really hope that you feel better soon
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Dr Michelle Gibson James, General & Family Physician