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Blocked ears, had cold, ears popping when swallowing or blowing out. How long will this last?

I am almost over a cold which lingered for 3 1/2 weeks. From the start my ears were blocked. I had no pain or trouble hearing others but my own voice was muffled. I had no popping and I couldn't clear them. Now my ears pop when I swallow or blow out while holding my nose but I don't see any other improvement. How long is this going to last?
Asked On : Sat, 6 Apr 2013
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Thanks for writing to H.C.M. for your query.

I have gone through your query regarding blockade of your ear due to cold and about three and half weeks have passed but you are not observing any improvement.

Considering your problems it appears as you are suffering from chronic upper respiratory tract infection with Eustachian tube dysfunction. To treat this first of all you have to do these basic investigations-

(a) C.T.scan of paranasal sinuses.

(b) Culture and sensitivity of throat swab.

(c) Audiometery - ( Pure tone and Impedance ).

(d) X-Ray chest - P.A. view.

(e) Blood- CBC, ESR, blood sugar - F. & P.P.

Till the investigations reports are awaited you may take-

(1) Antibiotic- Amoxicillin 500 mg three times a day. Later this may be change according to C/S report of throat swab.

(2) Decongestant.

(3) Steam inhalation.

I hope this will help you and after the investigation's report one may reach to final diagnosis which may be manage accordingly.

Answered: Sun, 7 Apr 2013
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