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Severe sinus infection, ear pain. Taking decongestants. Help

I flew west for the week and developed a severe sinus infection while I was out of town. I was seen by a local doctor who prescribed antibiotics for the infection and instructed me to take decongestants. I took both and began to regain my health. I flew home on Monday and have continued to complete my antibiotic treatment and have fully recovered -- aside from the "pressure" in my left ear. While descending on the flight home, both my right and left ears were excruciatingly painful. My right ear pain went away suddenly while still in flight and I had a lot of fluid drain out of it. I've been told me drum likely burst as a result. The issue now is that the pressure and loss of hearing/underwater-like sound like in my left has not gone away.It has been a full five days since my flight. What should I do?? I'm no longer congested. I don't have any pain any longer but it sounds like my ear is underwater all the time.
Asked On : Tue, 9 Apr 2013
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Thanks for writing to H.C.M. for your query.

I have gone through your query regarding pressure in both ears , pain and followed by watery discharge from right ear while left one is stii blocked and giving pressure.

Considering your symptoms and co-relating it with possibe disease process it appears that your eustachian tubes ( tubular connection between ear and throat ) is blocked may be due to cold or sore throat, this blocked tube is giving feeling of pressure in both ears. Due to this tubular blockade negative pressure in middle ear stimulates the mucosa of middle ear thus thick glue like mucus is secreted and accumulates in middle ear, as process advances this fluid opressure gives intence pain to ear and after making a hole in ear drum it comes out as an ear discharge.

Now you are advice for-

(a) Atibiotic- preferably broad spectrum.

(b) Anti inflammatory & analgesic.

(c) anti-allergic & decongestant.

(d) Steam inhalation.

(e) Keep your ear clean and dry, DON'T put any EAR DROP in your discharging ear.

I hope this will help you.

Answered: Tue, 9 Apr 2013
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