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blocked eustachian tube- need other methods for clearing

Posted by AR [2303.20] on July 12, 2004 at 00:06:54:

I had an earache about a month ago now and that is all cleared up. The only problem is that my right eustachian tube is now blocked. I went to an ENT and got nasal spray and decongestant pills. Ive been on those for 2 weeks now, nothing has gotten better. I read a lot of the comments posted here about eustachian tube blockage and was wondering if I should try any of those like: lying on my bed with my head back when I use the nasal spray or if I should gargle salt water, or try ear candles, or even get the clear-ease tablets. are there drops of oxymetolazine? or is that just the nasal spray? I am going on a plane trip to go scuba diving in 2 days and I would really really like to enjoy the trip. any reccomendations would help!!



Re: blocked eustachian tube- need other methods for clearing

Posted by DrDave [1744.14] on July 12, 2004 at 10:35:31:

In Reply to: blocked eustachian tube- need other methods for clearing posted by AR [2303.20] on July 12, 2004 at 00:06:54:

There is a procedure called a "finger sweep" where you reach behind the tonsils/adenoids to the internal opening for the eustacian tube and "milk" the opening with your finger. Lots of gagging involved.

It works great but is uncomfortable.

My son was about 3 and the ENT suggested tubes, OF COURSE, but I found about the finger sweep procedure and within 12 hours the fluid had drained and his hearing was back.

You might be able to search the net for the specifics on doing it.

Good luck.



Re: blocked eustachian tube- need other methods for clearing

Posted by Nutmeg [86.74] on July 12, 2004 at 12:10:27:

In Reply to: Re: blocked eustachian tube- need other methods for clearing posted by DrDave [1744.14] on July 12, 2004 at 10:35:31:

Hi AR,

I had the procedure that Dr. Dave described done years ago by a chiropractor. It wasn't too bad and it did work. She went very gently and deftly to the area and watched me carefully to avoid making me vomit. I did gag a little, as I recall.

Mine filled up again, but it was a different (structural)cause that I am still working to resolve.

If you are going to fly, be sure to buy some EarPlanes ear plugs for the flight, available at the drug store. Put them in your ears as soon as you get on the plane (before the cabin doors close and the plane is pressurized) and leave them in until you are in the terminal. The little ceramic valves will help to equalize the pressure slowly.

Nutmeg

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Re: blocked eustachian tube- need other methods for clearing

Posted by Walt Stoll [9.8] on July 12, 2004 at 17:02:10:

In Reply to: blocked eustachian tube- need other methods for clearing posted by AR [2303.20] on July 12, 2004 at 00:06:54:

Hi, AR.

Listen to DrDave and Nutmeg.

Also use the oxymetolazine (convert the spray bottle to a dropper by tearing out the long tube inside the plastic bottle).

In the long run, consider TMJ as a possible cause of this persisting.

Think of me when diving. This was one of my loves.

Walt

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Posted by Jim [53.4] on July 13, 2004 at 03:30:13:

In Reply to: blocked eustachian tube- need other methods for clearing posted by AR [2303.20] on July 12, 2004 at 00:06:54:

AR just wanted to let you know I had a similar problem and I worked on my TMJ with meditation, Serenitol (from serenitol.com), and bruxcare (a biofeedback device to stop grinding teeth at night). Anyway it got better, the ENT was clueless, he said I had a sinus infection and I took his meds and it came right back



Re: blocked eustachian tube- need other methods for clearing

Posted by WOW [1317.457] on July 13, 2004 at 06:18:11:

In Reply to: blocked eustachian tube- need other methods for clearing posted by AR [2303.20] on July 12, 2004 at 00:06:54:

Hi AR,
The strange thing happened to me yesterday. I went to choropractor with back pain, he adjusted my neck in the first session which slightly helped my back but when I got home I noticed that my right ear which has been also blocked (for the last 20 years) was clearer and it is such wonderful feeling. I don't know if it will stay like that but I am keeping my fingers crossed. My hubby used to scuba dive but doesn't do it anymore, boy do I miss that abolone! Have a good trip!



Re: TMJ and ears---TESTIMONIAL

Posted by Walt Stoll [9.8] on July 14, 2004 at 08:08:27:

In Reply to: TMJ posted by Jim [53.4] on July 13, 2004 at 03:30:13:

Thanks, Jim.

When the ENT cannot understand it TMJ is a very common cause.

Walt

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Re: blocked eustachian tube- need other methods for clearing

Posted by
Greg S [2261.74] on July 21, 2004 at 12:07:57:

In Reply to: Re: blocked eustachian tube- need other methods for clearing posted by WOW [1317.457] on July 13, 2004 at 06:18:11:

I found the following at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000979.htm

Treatment

Most cases of ear wax blockage can be treated at home. Mineral oil, baby oil, glycerin, or commercial drops can be used to soften wax in the ear. Detergent drops such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide may aid in the removal of wax.

Another method to remove wax is irrigation of the ear. Body-temperature water should be used (cooler or warmer water may cause a response consisting of brief but severe dizziness or vertigo). With the head upright, straighten the ear canal by holding the external ear and gently pulling upward. Use a syringe to gently direct a small stream of water against the ear canal wall next to the wax plug. Tip the head to allow the water to drain. Irrigation may need to be repeated several times.

Never irrigate the ear if the eardrum is not known to be intact, because irrigation with a ruptured eardrum may cause ear infection or acoustic trauma. Do not irrigate the ear with a jet irrigator designed for cleaning teeth (such as a WaterPik) because the force of the irrigation may damage the eardrum.

After the wax is removed, the ear should be dried thoroughly. A few drops of alcohol in the ear or a hair dryer set on low may be used to help dry the ear.

If attempts to remove the wax plug are unsuccessful, consult a health care provider, who may remove the wax by repeating the irrigation attempts, suctioning the ear canal, or removing wax with a small device (curette). Occasionally, the wax must be removed with the help of a microscope.

I also saw where it was recommended to sniff pure lemon juice a couple drops 4 times a day to clear the blockage at the throat end of the tube. But I can't find that url.

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