Why do ears clog from a sinus infection?

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Allergies or sinus problems can start out mild. In this case you may have a bit of sniffling or sneezing, which can eventually develop into a sinus infection, or sinusitis. Sinusitis occurs, usually following a cold or flu, when infection is introduced into the sinus cavities, leading to inflammation and an overflow of mucus and fluid in the nasal passageways. Symptoms of a sinus infection usually include increased pressure in the face and head, runny nose, excess mucus build-up and clogged nose and ears.

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Development Into A Sinus Infection

As your sinus problems get worse your sinuses and nasal passages will swell and mucus will begin to build-up in the nasal cavities, which eventually will turn into a sinus infection. Since your sinuses and nasal passages are connected to various parts of your upper body, the mucus built-up can drip into various parts including your stomach and lungs.

A Clogged Ear

In the case of a clogged ear, the mucus overflow caused by your sinus infection will overflow into the Eustachian tubes. This is the tube connected to the back of your throat, which is responsible for connecting your middle ear to the outside of your ear. It controls drainage and ear pressure within your ears as well. As fluid fills the ear, swelling of the passages will cause blockage and hinder your ear from draining properly. This is why when the ear is blocked you may feel increased pressure and pain. Other symptoms can include trouble hearing and lightheadedness.

Tips For Relief

If you suffer from a clogged ear due to sinus problems, there are a few remedies you can try to relieve the painful pressure. A popular remedy to unclog ears is through the use of a NetiPot, which is a nasal irrigation system that can flush out your passageways. You can find NetiPots at most local drugstores. Another remedy to try is placing a warm cloth over your ear, which can help loosen fluid build up and alleviate pain. You can also try chewing gum or yawning, which aids in drainage. If your clogged ear does not clear up in a few days though, you should seek medical attention, as it may require a prescription medication.

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