Question: Hi doc! I had a really bad sinus infection – really bad and I blew my nose non stop for awhile, now my ears are completely blocked. I feel as though my head is underwater. Does sudafed work? If not – what should I do????
Answer: Hi and thanks for your question. A sinusitis may cause your ears to clog. First and foremost, stop blowing your nose. Start using Xylometazoline nasal drops followed by steam inhalation. Also take an anti-inflammatory like Ibuprofen (advil). You may need prescription based oral and topical steroids as well as antibiotics if there is evidence of a bacterial infection. If symptoms persist please consult, you will need to get blood and CT scan for sinuses, nose and mastoids. Rest and avoid extreme weather changes.
Dr. Beverly Lewis