July 11th, 2011
08:46 AM ET

My ear is clogged. Should I get antibiotics?

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Asked by Nerisa from New York
I had a terrible cold that lasted about two weeks, and my right ear is still clogged with congestion. I find that it gets worse throughout the day, and I get that "popping" feeling when I blow my nose. Should I be on antibiotics?

Expert answer

Thanks for your question, and sorry to hear about your continuing discomfort. The short answer to your question is maybe, but probably not.

If you have a middle ear infection (otitis media) or sinus infection associated with your symptoms, then antibiotics may help. Your doctor can make the diagnosis and prescribe antibiotics if needed.

However, the scenario you describe sounds typical of a problem with the Eustachian tube, which connects the middle ear with the throat.

I consulted Dr. Aaron Rogers, an otolaryngologist in Atlanta, to provide more information about the symptoms you describe. He shares the following:

"The ear feeling clogged and the clicking during a cold or sinus infection are a result of the Eustachian tube, the ear's natural drainage tube, getting swollen shut - or, more commonly, partly shut.

"That swelling can give you a clicking or popping noise, a feeling of ear fullness, a mild earache or even a sense of disequilibrium (being off balance). The swelling can commonly last a couple of weeks. If the tube stays completely swollen for more than a couple of days, you could even begin to build up fluid behind the eardrum.

"In addition to colds, nasal allergies, sinus infections and even stomach acid reflux can cause the Eustachian tube swelling.

"A middle ear infection from infected fluid behind the eardrum will cause muffled hearing and usually severe pain. This is usually the end result of the Eustachian tube being swollen completely shut for several days.

"Usually, antibiotics are not needed for the sensation of fullness, clicking and mild pressure. In fact, for just plain Eustachian tube dysfunction (or ETD) without infection or allergies, we do not really have a proven medical treatment that is any better than just 'waiting it out.'

"If there are other signs of a lingering sinus infection or the beginnings of an ear infection, antibiotics may be helpful. Other medications such as prescription nasal sprays can at times help treat Eustachian tube dysfunction as well, especially if there is a lot of swelling in the nose from the remnants of a cold or allergies.

"Occasionally, some cold viruses can damage the hearing nerve and may mimic ETD. Other prescription medications may help if started quickly enough.

"Finally, try not to worry about the popping and clicking when you blow your nose - that is just the Eustachian tube trying to open up to get the ear aired out again. These symptoms will go away once the Eustachian tube is working properly.

"If your ear congestion is not clearing in about three to four weeks' time, then getting evaluated by your primary care doctor or an otolaryngologist may be helpful. If needed, hearing and ear pressure tests can be done to see if draining any fluid is needed or whether medications may help."

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  1. parent

    My infant son has single sided canal atresia (canal doesn't go through) and so we see one of the world's foremost experts on this condition. In his normal ear, they carefully watch to be sure nothing is affecting hearing (and therefor speech development). Fluid in the ear can impact hearing and cause speech delays. When he was approximately 4 months old, he had fluid build-up (not caused by an illness) and the doctor elected to put him on a 10 day course of antibiotics to see if the fluid would clear. After 2 courses, the fluid did clear. This allowed us to not need ear tube surgery for our baby. According to the otologist, the antibiotics help expedite the fluid loss in some cases. I think it's important that CNN thoroughly report on stories regarding health, not just take the word of one ENT.

    July 11, 2011 at 10:21 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Marc

      It is totally appropriate to use an antibiotic for middle ear infections in children under two according to present evidence based medicine, primarily to avoid a complicating bacterial infection such as mastoiditis. That was not the case in the vignette presented.

      July 11, 2011 at 10:33 | Report abuse |
  2. Marc

    Its depressing that the article , both the question and response, revolves around the inappropriate use of antibiotics. As an emergency physician we are confronted daily with patients requests for antibiotics to treat viral illnesses and allergies. Not only can't they help but may cause a serious allergic reaction, and contributes to growing antibiotic resistant found worldwide. Doctors need to STOP prescribing antibiotics just to keep the uninformed patients happy.
    As for this case,over the counter anti-histamines, with or without a decongestant would be most helpful along with a nasal steroid spray. In refractory cases an oral steroid may be needed. Antibiotics? Almost vever.

    July 11, 2011 at 10:28 | Report abuse | Reply
    • cat

      THANK GOD, finally to hear from someone who is NOT on the antibiotics bandwagon. I had pretty much the same experience as the person asking for advice. Everyone (friends, family, etc.) kept telling me "antibiotics" "antibiotics" I said "No" "No" One person said if I didn't get anitbiotics I would get a brain infection (?). Anyway, I waited it out, took 3 weeks but I'm fine & dandy now.

      July 11, 2011 at 10:52 | Report abuse |
    • Tina

      If I am not mistaken there was a recent study done that says that antibiotics should be used for children with ear infections since they can be very painful. The antibiotics, it said, will help the infection heal quicker and the child will not be suffering as long as they would be if they do not take the antibiotic.

      July 11, 2011 at 11:46 | Report abuse |
    • GetReal

      Nasal spray is helpful, but so is lots of Vitamin C. I used to get chronic ear infections until I started avoiding dairy, especially milk and ice cream. Avoiding dairy, ice-cold drinks, and sugar is extremely helpful in preventing sinus problems. I had to learn this the hard way by trial and error. Why don't doctors ever mention diet?

      July 11, 2011 at 11:59 | Report abuse |
    • Anna

      They will NEVER EVER suggest natural remedies that are time tested and have been used for thousands of years. Prescription drugs should almost never be the FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE.

      I use a natural nasal spray that has cayenne pepper in it and it works IMMEDIATELY! There are many natural ear drops and other things that can be done without the use of antibiotics. Its not surprising that CNN will suggest only drugs seeing as how they are just another vehicle for the pharmaceutical industry.

      July 11, 2011 at 12:27 | Report abuse |
    • David

      @ GetReal, I agree 100%. Diet is very important. We are the only species that drink's another species milk and into adulthood.

      It is NOT a necessity. The dairy council pays big bucks to make it seem crucial to our diet. IT IS NOT.

      July 11, 2011 at 12:31 | Report abuse |
    • things are changing

      But that is still falling back on medications. My family and I have had plenty of infections requiring antibiotics, and I sure see the need for them. That being said, there are many ways to minimize the need for them. A healthy baseline diet makes a big difference. Drinking more water, or hot water with lemon can help drainage. What about chicken soup? Nasal irrigation works wonders to keep the sinuses clear. In fact, when my 2 year old is sick, she asks to be irrigated so she can breathe better. (actually she says irrirgeted, but we know what she means) This is from a family filled with asthma and allergies. Boy has it helped.

      July 11, 2011 at 14:40 | Report abuse |
    • shea

      @ Tina, keep in mind antibiotics are ONLY effective with bacterial infections. The do absolutely nothing for viral infections, which, most of the time is what someone has.

      July 11, 2011 at 18:29 | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Marc, you must not be handcuffed by the P4P (Pay for Performance) bandwagon that administrators are on these days. If don't give the uninformed patient an antibiotic, they either report you to the administrator or give you bad scores on your patient satisfaction survey. Poor patient satisfaction scores result in either withholding of bonuses or "adjustment" of your base pay in the following year. Given the volume of patients doctors are required to see, there is no time for "education" of patients and besides their neighbors kid got the antibiotics from a "great doctor".

      We all know the dangers of the over prescribing of antibiotics and most of us know the evidence based medicine well.
      But when evidence based medicine is in conflict with patient satisfaction scores, science be damned, antibiotics for every kid whose mother demands them.

      July 11, 2011 at 23:45 | Report abuse |
  3. tmj

    I had ear fullness and popping for years. Nasal spray helped a little for the swelling. After going to an otolaryngologist it turns out that it is from TMJ. Because I clench my jaw the joint at my jaw (TMJ) it swells my eustachian tube. Once I used a night guard and relax my jaw during the day, the pain has goin away. No more allergy medicine and thnking I have an ear injection. I was amazed that the jaw joint is so close to the ear channel. It is so nice not to have full popping ears all of the time!

    July 11, 2011 at 11:01 | Report abuse | Reply
    • wrs

      Thanks for this info. I was just told by my ENT doctor that I probably have the same issue, and that I should get a night guard. It's nice to hear that it helped someone else out there!

      July 11, 2011 at 11:19 | Report abuse |
  4. JPopNC

    I suffered for months and the END specialists gave me the same story...just wait it out. So, went online and searched and discovered many were using Mucinex-D to alleviate/eliminate this problem. Tried it and within 6 days it totally cleared up.

    July 11, 2011 at 12:09 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jenna

      Mucinex is good stuff. It's basically Guaifenisen which is a mucous thinner. Usually no side effect. Drink lots of water with it to maximize the draining.

      July 11, 2011 at 12:28 | Report abuse |
  5. AS

    Can person with hearing lost use this antibiotics? may be for a miracle.

    July 11, 2011 at 13:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Guest

    Me too

    July 11, 2011 at 14:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. K8795

    Unfortunately, I had a problem with my right ear due to severe allergies. The doctor failed to prescribe antibiotics when he noticed the beginning of an ear infection. Four days later my eardrum ruptured (felt like someone was stabbing me in the ear with an ice pick – very, very painful). Because of this mistake, it took two months for me to fully recover my hearing, all the while I had to wear an ear plug to prevent infection in the inner ear due to the hole that exposed the sterile portion of my ear. Antibiotics can be very helpful when administered for the proper causes. Always have your doctor make sure there is no infection and if he or she does see signs of one, I would recommend insisting on antibiotics. The other choice is risking a painful rupture and temporary to permanent hearing loss.

    July 11, 2011 at 17:21 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mike `OMD

      Chinese medicine works best in this case because the herbs can drain the ear & also treat the allergies or nasal infection at the same time. Yes, can also treat ear infection because the nasal & ear are connected.

      July 12, 2011 at 02:32 | Report abuse |
    • Graiae66

      I was sort of in the same boat several years ago. I had the pain and throbbing and sense of 'fullness' in the ear. Knowing our doctor never prescribes antibiotics for this sort of stopped up ear UNLESS you have a high fever, I waited. And waited. And waited. I treated myself with Advil for pain and a decongestant for the stuffiness, and the symptoms waxed and waned. Two months later, I went in to find a very severe ear infection and some permanent hearing loss. Bottom line: Yes, DO wait. But wait a *reasonable* amount of time...I would say if you are not doing better in 3 weeks, it is indeed time to call your doctor. Don't wait too long, as I did.

      July 12, 2011 at 16:16 | Report abuse |
  8. Canopy

    Interesting article and even better comments.

    July 11, 2011 at 17:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Ben MD

    The most natural remedy for this condition in an otherwise healthy individual is to do nothing. And pepper spray up the nose is natural? In what space-time dimension?

    July 11, 2011 at 20:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Kate

    In addtion to a diet change that eliminates dairy, etc., in the short term why not just take an anti-inflamatory pain reliever like Ibuprophen. I've used this pain reliever with a lot of success whenever I suffer from pain and inflamation at the same time. If used properly for a few days, It definitely alleviates swelling and pain and it's not harmful or expensive.

    July 11, 2011 at 22:49 | Report abuse | Reply
    • DizzyJava

      Hmmm... Anti-inflamatory like ibuprophen? I thought NSAIDS were harmful to the heart?

      July 12, 2011 at 04:37 | Report abuse |
  11. Linda

    I can't fly on planes. My ear hurts so bad and stays stopped up for a week all the way down into my shoulder. I wish there was somethiing I could do about this. I went to the doctor, but he says that he cannot find anything wrong, just chew gum. Well, I was sitting by a doctor and believe me nothing helped. It was so severe that I thought my ear drum was about to break.

    July 12, 2011 at 00:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. DizzyJava

    8 years ago my ears clogged...from a KISS concert. They stayed clogged for over a month. Several doctors told me there is nothing wrong and nothing they can do. One day I couldn't stand it anymore.. I plugged my nose shut and blew as hard as I could. My ears went POP!!! I almost passed out, and I have been dizzy since. Yep.. 8 years of 24/7 dizziness. So please be careful with your ears and don't ever try to "blow them clear"

    July 12, 2011 at 04:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • TLR

      I read this and I too went to a concert and I dis t even want to go. I came home and never the same again constant ringing since 2013. I just now was able to find ENT that knew what to do so I have two horrible sinus infections since dec 2015. Been sick for like 4 months pretty much 24/7. I had glue like rubber cement looking mucus in my nose and sinuses for four weeks yes only thing kept me sane was the holiday hallmark channel! Taking prednisone again for the steroid and 30mg pseudoepdrine and 1200 released guafeneasin mucinex. I have Been using Flonase and nasacort four times a day as well. Dizzy all the time. I get this air feeling going into my left ear and it has opened up some as well as the right. Hard to explain I don't feel like anything is stuck here I just know and my ears are RIGHT. It's maddening it has taken me away from friends and job and over all life. Something broke in my head and I keep getting this thick glue like mucus and it's hell becaue I can't blow my nose and haven't and don't plan to til after my surgery. I use an aspirator all the time to suck the mucus or and it's time consuming because it takes a good 1.5 hours!

      March 26, 2016 at 07:21 | Report abuse |
    • Nicolle

      Go see the dizzy doctor in San Diego. Dr Ian Purcell.....he will cure you!!! I swear by him...I too had the same problem

      March 4, 2017 at 01:19 | Report abuse |
  13. Younan MarketingAnd Management Associates Inc, Int'l Intst'r

    You are supposed to go to the ear specialist every decade or so sometimes less years than that and get the wax fully cleaned out of your ear canals. Of course you have to make the appointment through your physician. In an effort to clean your ears you regularly push a lot of the wax in even deeper and it ends up as a plug in your ears. If you try to clean it out yourself with a sharper instrument which the specialist uses along with another funnel targeting too, you may pierce your eardrums and cause permanent damage. so don't try too hard to clean your ears out. if you are one that suffers a lot of acne problems you may develop acne cysts in your ears just like on your back and arms and they need surgical removal. don't drink caffeine products if you have that type of acne breakout regularly.

    July 12, 2011 at 20:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. penny

    i was needing to know if medicaid will pay for me to go to a dr. that can clean my eas, and noise out?

    July 16, 2011 at 16:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Nell Hertzel

    A boil inside the ear will usually burst, drain and heal by itself after a few days, but if you are in considerable pain and discomfort and do not want to wait for this to happen, see your GP. They may be able to remove the pus using a surgical needle. ;-^.

    Check out our own web portal as well http://healthmedicine.codp Nell Hertzel

    June 19, 2013 at 17:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Cindy

    My ears have been clogged for the past week and half since going off a 30-day whole foods diet with no grains, no dairy, and no sugar. A sinus infection came immediately after starting back on regular foods. It's interesting to hear the comments about dairy because I don't want to go cold turkey on all those products again. I'd rather eliminate the cause. I will try to eliminate dairy and see if that helps. I have been taking Claritin-D and Mucinex with no relief. A friend told me about nasal spray, which I used yesterday for the first time. I had some relief, but I'm suffering again this morning. I've dosed myself up, hoping to get more relief. I'll try the no-dairy and look up the remedy of nasal spray with pepper. That was an interesting answer to this perplexing problem.

    July 16, 2013 at 10:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Matt Hart

    I love it when folks come together and share ideas. Great blog, keep it up.


    May 26, 2014 at 21:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Lisa Harper

    My ear clogged up Sat and went to the Dr and got some meds but still no relief and still can't hear out of it

    July 8, 2014 at 22:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. myra henderson

    I have post nasal drip and I am taking loratadine and claritan, At times the post nasal drip goes away and comes back if I don't take my loratadine regularly. I'm also taking singulair. If the sinus in not cleared up then the post nasal drip will not clear, right? I just don't want to have another episode of vertigo with my ear being clogged and everything. What is the best thing for inflammation or fullness in the ear. Please help.

    July 15, 2014 at 16:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. amanda

    I have had a clogged ear for almost 2 months and antibiotic for 20 of them days. My ear almost sounds like im in a cave. It makes me feel like i cant think right its driving me crazy anyone have any recommendations for me

    September 9, 2014 at 20:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. leslie

    I went to the ER on Thursday, I got diagnosed with a really really bad ear infection, so the doctor prescribed me some medicine I still feel crappy from day one and it seems like my ear is closing up on me. What do I do? Go back to the ER?

    January 25, 2015 at 12:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. sahar

    my ear injury is self mutilated nd i m gonna take antibiotic and will cure it 😛

    April 24, 2015 at 09:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. muneeza

    what shall i do my ear is heavy and weird since 3 weeks.saw an ent too he just said anti histsmine and steam.in 40 degree celcius its soo hard to steam but still no change

    June 10, 2015 at 04:02 | Report abuse | Reply
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    April 7, 2016 at 05:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Isaiah Lee

    Both of my ears have been popping non stop for almost a week, I'm not hurting its just my ears will not stop popping. What should I do?

    July 14, 2016 at 16:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Maria

    My nose is so clogged and I've tried everything and nose spray usually works for about 3 minutes but then my nose gets so clogged right away and my ears are popping

    September 7, 2016 at 14:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Michelle

    I am losing my mind. Apparently, I have developed allergies as an adult. (Bronx)Tree pollen is the main agitator; I think. It started with a sore throat last week, which turned into sneezing fits, and itchy eyes. I was in a hot shower, bent over, shaving my legs, and sneezed. My left ear is completely blocked. I cannot stand listening to the sound of my own voice in my head everytime I speak, not to mention the horrible, constant, dull pressure. I do not have an earache any more, thank God, but this is driving me nuts. It is not doing the clicking clearing thing. For a brief moment, it sounded like a bowl of Rice Krispies, with a deflated balloon and sudden mini-pop which was pleasantly painful, but more painful than the relief I did not get. It immediately went back to being clogged. I tried drops last night. Nothing changed –unless you count the addition of a tickle. I am considering doing some inversions (yoga) and making some garlic oil /apple cider vinegar (with the "mother") drops. Should I try Mucinex?
    Sudafed did nothing -except amuse me with a speech from the health food store's pharmacist (on 34th street) making sure I was not about to "cook meth". =/

    September 10, 2016 at 12:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Barbara

    I am an elderly lady who has had two clogged ears for almost nine months; have no pain in either ears or sinus canal, but "glop from the throat. I went to an end who gave me the prescription med Fluticasone (expensive stuff) which has a steroid.
    Helps some but then it comes back. Both of my eustation (sp?) tubes close up making me very hard of hearing. When I close my nose and blow out they open up and then go back to being closed. I know I am older but this condition came on suddenly with no other health issues. The only time I can hear is right after I blow out the tubes! PLEASE, if anybody knows what I have (an infection? should I take antibiotics?) I would greatly appreciate it, especially if it comes from a knowledgable person who has been cured. Great site! Thanks so much.

    November 9, 2016 at 19:11 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Name*andrew

      Do not continue to hold your nose and blow out you could do severe and permanent damage I would recommend going on antibiotics for 10 days 500 milligrams amoxil cyclen if that does not work you will need most likely a procedure from the ear doctor to open up your eardrums to drain the fluid possible tubes the procedure is a 20-minute procedure very routine very limited side effects I have my first ear infection as an adult and I am OCD I've done a lot of research I am going on one week with a plugged ear this is the info that I have obtained over reading the internet

      December 9, 2016 at 21:31 | Report abuse |
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    November 19, 2016 at 14:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Sonia anaya

    I've had this issue since June 2016. Seen ENT but he says he can't find nothing abnormal. Pressure test was good. Hearing test was good. Everyday I feel my ears clogged. It's horrible. I'm sensitive to meds.. Please help!! What can I do to relief the pressure and clogged ears?

    January 15, 2017 at 12:32 | Report abuse | Reply
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    I am so happy that i found this blog. So many questions answered. I have had a horrible cold for the past two weeks. I have never experienced these symptoms before. I blew my nose really hard about three days ago and had the worse case of vertigo i have ever had. My ear popped really loud and clogged up. After talking to my doctor,he said lf it doesn't go away after about a week we can take other measures. I got my hearing back yesterday, but not as clear as i would like. I still have a slight echo. I will do a follow up next week. I hope every one that is experienceing this can get help from this blog like i did.

    January 24, 2017 at 14:46 | Report abuse | Reply
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    I am so happy that i found this blog. So many questions answered. I have had a horrible cold for the past two weeks. I have never experienced these symptoms before. I blew my nose really hard about three days ago and had the worse case of vertigo i have ever had. My ear popped really loud and clogged up. After talking to my doctor,he said lf it doesn't go away after about a week we can take other measures. I got my hearing back yesterday, but not as clear as i would like. I still have a slight echo. I will do a follow up next week. I hope every one that is experienceing this can get help from this blog like i did.

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  38. Ashley L.

    My goodness, im suffering from this same problem an its very painful. Ive had a very nasty cold the last 2 weeks with no signs of it leaving anytime soon. My mucuas is a lime green color at times bright yellow. Only today has my ear completely sealed off where i literely cant hear a thing out of it..its going in left side as well..the amount of pressure build up is crazy as i thought i got it all out last few days..this comes as a schock today im deff an in throbbing pain. I suffered bad ear infections as a child until ear surgery 2x. Adenoids were removed from damage to ear drums.help

    May 1, 2017 at 00:33 | Report abuse | Reply
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