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Bad cold, ears started popping. Anything I can do to stop it ?

Hello, I have had a pretty bad cold for jus over a week now, my ears started popping a few days ago from all of the mucus build up. My nose is much clearer although still some mucus, but my ears still keep popping and it s a little frustrating! Is there anything I can do to stop it? Is it a serious problem or will it subside? Many thanks. AAAAA
Asked On : Wed, 13 Feb 2013
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Jun 2015
Dear Adele...
There is a connecting tract (known as Eustachian tube) between the nasopharynx & middle ear through which infection can spread to ear.
Also obstruction to this Eustachian tube can lead to ear pain by un-equalisation of pressure between the nasopharynx & middle ear.

The management consists of:
1. Antihistamines to provide symptomatic relief from cold
2. Nasal decongestants to relieve ET tube obstruction.
3. Analgesics to take care of pain & fever(if any)
4. Antibiotics depending upon culture & sensitivity reports to remove the causative organism. will be better to consult an ENT specialist & start treatment.
Meanwhile...avoid taking cold food & drinks, maintain adequate hydration & take soft, non-spicy foods.

Wishing you a Good Health. Let me know if I need to clarify further.
Thanks & take care.
Answered: Wed, 13 Feb 2013
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