What causes dripping sound in the ear while recovering from sinus infection?
What you are describing is most likely related to drainage down your throat, so yes, it can be sinus related.
When there is inflammation in the sinuses from an allergy or a viral or bacterial infection, there is drainage down the throat and this can cause eustachian tube dysfunction. The middle ear (which includes the ear drum) is connected to the throat by the eustachian tube. So sometimes there is muffled hearing, pressure changes, or a dripping sound. It can be intermittent and can last longer than the symptoms a person notices in their sinuses, nose, or throat.
You can try an over the counter steroid spray such as Flonase to help stabilize the mucus membranes of your sinuses which may help the sinus headache and then the dripping sound. Although sometimes it is hard to get the dripping sound to go away until some time after the cause resolves. The nasal steroid should be used every day.
If you are able (no high blood pressure or insomnia) you can try an oral decongestant such as pseudoephedrine when the sinus headache is worse. This can be used as needed.
If you continue to have sinus symptoms for longer than a couple of weeks, then consider seeing your doctor. But before that time, there isn't much a good doctor will do in terms of prescribing an antibiotic because it is usually still a viral infection if it is an infection.
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ENT would be the specialty that this would fall under, but it isn't a primary problem (as annoying as it may be - I've had it too) it is a symptom of drainage in the throat. If you go to an ENT, they may give you an antibiotic (although this is discouraged with rising resistance to antibiotics) or suggest you wait it out. It typically resolves when the underlying cause resolves, or in a week or so after that.
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