Thanks for the query
The symptoms mentioned by are due to the blockage of the Eustachian tube (the tube connecting nose and the ear).
During an attack of flu or nasal allergy
, or presence of anatomical nasal block, there will be development of congestion around the nasal opening of the Eustachian tube. The congestion leads to blockage of the opening of the tube and thus causing negative pressure in the middle ear and pain.
The flapping sound is produced when there is opening and closing of the Eustachian tube. This becomes painful when the Eustachian tube opens with force thus relieving pressure from the middle ear.
Due to Eustachian tube block there will be collection of secretions in the middle ear giving rise to pain, fullness and sensation of water logged in the ear. This is what has happened in your situation.
My advice to you is to:
1. Drink plenty of warm water to keep the nose and the throat hydrated.
2. Use saline nasal spray
followed by steam inhalation 2-3 times a day, which helps in reducing the nasal congestion
, clearing of the mucus and reducing the headache.
3. Avoid coffee/chilled/hot beverages/alcohol/smoking if any.
4. Take a mucolytic
(such as ambroxol or bromhexine
) to reduce the viscosity of the mucus.
5. An antibiotic such as amoxycillin
and clavulanic acid/cefuroxime
With the above measures your symptoms will definitely improve.
Hope I have answered your query: I will be available for the follow-up queries.
Dr. Naveen Kumar N.
ENT and Head & Neck Surgeon