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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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What causes sudden popping in the ear followed by dizziness?

I have a cold and I was blowing my nose, then my right ear popped and the room started spinning to the point where I fell over and I felt as though I was going to vomit. The dizziness stopped after 2-3 minutes but I still feel very sick. Is this serious?
Wed, 9 Nov 2016
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Hi Dear,

welcome to HCM.

Understanding your concern. The symptoms like sudden popping in the ear followed by dizziness as you mention in query are pointing towards a condition known as meniere's disease , which is a disorder of middle ear . In this disorder person suffer from spontaneous vertigo ,dizziness and hearing loss . The symptoms can also occur due to eustachian tube dysfunction. I would suggest you to consult ENT specialist. Doctor may order audiometery test , electronystagmography , rotary chair test and posturography to find out exact cause and to rule out cause like stroke. Doctor may prescribe antiemetic drugs to help controlling vertigo and nausea . He/she may also prescribe diuretics like frusamide to relive the extra fluid from inner ear , antibiotics if there is inner ear infection and recommend hearing aid . Surgical procedure like labyrithecotomy will also be options if other methods do not work.

Hope your concern has been resolved.

Get Well Soon.

Best Wishes,
Dr. Harry Maheshwari
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