If you constantly feel as though your ears are plugged up, or perhaps feel even pain, you may want to speak with your doctor about Eustachian tube dysfunction. Over the counter treatments touted as able to alleviate all sorts of ear problems, such as so-called ear candles, can be very dangerous and are ultimately ineffective. So reach out to your doctor for a proper solution to your problem. Contact your local ear nose and throat experts, Dr. Jesse Tan, Dr. Jesus Tan, and Dr. Rose Eapen of the Tan Head and Neck Center in Long Beach, CA.
Symptoms and Causes
The Eustachian tubes help to balance the air pressure and fluid in your ear. They remain closed unless you yawn, sneeze, or swallow.
Eustachian tube dysfunction refers to when these become clogged. You may hear muffled sounds, or ringing, and perhaps a tickling sensation in your ear. Symptoms include pain and loss of balance, and they all can feel worse with changes in altitude, like when flying.
The flu, colds, allergies, and sinus infections can all lead to dysfunction as they can cause the Eustachian tubes to become inflamed. When this happens they don't operate as normal and mucus and fluids can build up creating the above-mentioned symptoms.
This is more prevalent in children whose tubes are more likely to become infected due to their size and form, and children's overall weaker immune system compared to that of adults.
Obesity and smoking can also cause other forms of dysfunction, so it's important to seek a doctor's opinion and diagnosis.
Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor in Long Beach, CA
Symptoms can sometimes go away on their own after a few days and maybe helped along with some simple exercises. But if you're still struggling do get in contact with your doctor. They can examine your ears and nasal passages to confirm your condition and explain to you the available forms of treatment. Make an appointment today with your Long Beach, CA, doctors, Dr. Tan, Dr. Tan, and Dr. Eapen of the Tan Head and Neck Center by dialing (562) 988-8818.