Will ear pressure go away?
When air pressure changes are responsible for ear barotrauma, it often goes away as soon as the air pressure outside has normalized, and should not cause any further symptoms. However, people may experience additional symptoms when ear barotrauma results from illness or a blockage in the middle ear.
The treatment of ear pressure depends on the cause, so we will explain some ways to treat common causes of ear pressure as follows:
1. Treating sinus congestion
Sinus congestion is a medical term that expresses the accumulation of mucus in the sinuses , and ear pressure caused by sinus congestion can be treated in the following ways:
- Steam inhalation.
- Rinse the nose with saline.
- Decongestant nasal sprays can be used.
- Use of topical nasal corticosteroids.
- Put warm compresses on the nose and forehead.
- Take antihistamines when allergic.
- Take antibiotics for sinus infections.
- Surgery may be required to treat chronic sinus congestion.
2. Treating ear infections
Certain ear infections can cause a feeling of pressure in the ear, in the following causes and ways to treat these conditions:
- Otitis media: Inflammation of the middle ear causes fluid buildup behind the eardrum, and a feeling of pressure. It is treated by:
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
- Medicated ear drops may be used.
- Sometimes taking antibiotics.
- Fungal infection: It can be treated as follows:
- The doctor cleans the ear with cotton wool, a suction tube, or a syringe.
- Use antifungal ear drops to control the infection.
- Use medicated ear drops to control inflammation.
- Otitis externa (swimmer’s ear): It can be treated by:
- Clean the ear canal.
- Try medicated ear drops.
- Take antibiotics for bacterial infections.
- Changes in altitude: Rapid changes in altitude and pressure can block the eustachian tube , at which point the tube will not be able to balance the pressure inside the middle ear with the pressure outside the body.
So yawning or chewing gum can help open the eustachian tube and equalize pressure, in addition to the following:
- Do breathing exercises.
- Use a decongestant.
- Lie horizontally when dizzy.
- Take antihistamines .
3. Treating a cold or the flu
If ear pressure is caused by a cold or the flu , the following home remedies can be tried:
- Preventing the nasal passages from drying out by using saline, as well as using a nasal spray to prevent a stuffy nose, which will relieve pressure on the sinuses and ears immediately.
- Run a humidifier in the room to keep the air moist.
- Use ibuprofen or naproxen to relieve the pain associated with pressure.
4. Earwax buildup treatment
Earwax can be removed through the use of solutions, such as: mineral oil or hydrogen peroxide, to dissolve earwax accumulated in the ear canal. There are also special tools that can be used to remove wax manually, but this can only be done under the supervision of a doctor.
5. Treatment of obstruction due to the entry of a foreign body
The following things can be done at home as first aid for a foreign body entering the ear:
- If the object is visible, tweezers can be used carefully to gently remove it.
- Tilt the head to the other side to remove the foreign body using gravity.
- A small syringe containing warm water can be used to gently wash the ear canal.
6. Fluid buildup (Ménière’s disease)
Some conditions, such as allergies or the common cold, can affect the eustachian tubes, causing fluid to build up in the middle ear.
This fluid can also become infected, so treating the condition that caused the fluid buildup should help drain it, but in cases where the fluid buildup in the ears has persisted for a long time, surgery may be needed to help reduce the pressure and drain the fluid.