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Top 6 Methods for Dealing with Sinus Pressure in the Ears

Why is this so painful?

When experiencing a painful episode of sinus congestion, there are many questions that may cross your mind. One simply is “How do I make it go away?” The reason for the pain that you are feeling in your ears is due to sinus pressure. This is because the sinuses and the ears are connected. Sinus congestion and stuffiness can affect the pressure in your ears. Because sinus pressure affects more than just your nose, you may also have pain in your ears, dizziness, and a sensation that makes your ears feel muffled or clogged. Fortunately, there are several remedies to bring you relief. Sinus pressure in the ears can truly be a pain!

 

Remedies

Decongestant

Over-the-counter decongestants such as nasal sprays or tablets can relieve sinus blockage and in turn, relieve clogged ears. Nasal decongestant tablets can be a quick remedy for the sinus pain. However, it is not recommended that they be used for more than 3 days. If you choose to use a decongestant, be sure to strictly follow the directions listed on the medication.

 

Pain Medication

Over the counter pain medication that you may already have at home in your medicine cabinet can also relieve pain associated with sinus pressure.

sinus pressure can be so painful

Some medications to try for relief are Ibuprofen Naproxen, and Acetaminophen. Consult with a physician or Pharmacist for the best over the counter option.

 

Blow Gently

Gently blowing your nose can bring quick relief. A technique to try is to block one nostril while blowing, then change nostrils and repeat.

blowing nose while blocking one nostril

This can also help to ease sinus pressure in the ears. Be careful to not blow too hard or you can feel worse.

 

Stay Hydrated

Drinking plenty of fluids such as water and other non-caffeinated drinks will help you to stay hydrated, which will in turn keep your nasal mucus thin. Having thin nasal mucus will help it to better drain. Draining your nasal mucus will help to relieve the sinus pain you are experiencing in your ears.

 

Saline Rinse

A saline rinse or nasal irrigation is effective at relieving nasal congestion and ear pain. Saline rinse is a method to flush out your nasal passages using a saline solution. Some devices used for saline rinses are bulb syringes, special squeeze bottles, or a Neti pot.

 

Steam

Give yourself a steam treatment with a bowl of hot water and a large towel. Place your face over the bowl and drape the towel over your head. Breath in the steam until the water cools. Some people use Menthol, Eucalyptus oils, or Camphor in the water. Steam helps to relieve sinus congestion by loosening mucus. The steam from a hot shower can also work to help loosen mucus as well.

Trying one or a combination of these remedies should surely bring your relief for sinus pressure in the ears. These simple home remedies can have you feeling back to normal in no time!


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