Stuffy nose and ear

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  1. Boricua

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    Usually my left side of the nose and ear becomes clogged with mucus. Sometimes, I get infection also (yellow or greenish mucus). I am using netipot and Allegra and have used antibiotics and Nasonex in the past. I also use natural remedies. I will visit an ENT later this month.

    a) Has anybody been treated with an ENT- can he vacuum out this mucus out of my left nosrtril and left ear?

    b) Shall I stop consuming milk products and wheat?

    Any additional comments that can help are welcomed.

    Thanks.
     
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  2. ollinger

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    No, one doesn't vacuum this out. No, there is not very good evidence that milk products exacerbate the problem. No, I would not wait until the end of the month as you might have a middle ear infection, and waiting can cause thickening of the tympanic membrane, which can impede some of your hearing ability in the future.
     
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  3. Boricua

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    Thanks for the advice. I hope I can get better, this has been going on for some time. Ill visit the general doctor if I can before going to the specialist so he can check me out.
     
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  4. NE1for10is?

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    I have similar issues in the past that I eventually found out were caused by sensitivities to certain things. They are not allergies in the true sense, but for some reason the body reacts to it in the way you mention.

    Some causes, for me at least, are cigarette smoke, prolonged exposure to dogs, dust, wool, and many types of perfumes and colognes, especially synthetic ones and even those in shampoos and other hair products.
     
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  5. ThomasTerrible

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    +1

    Many different things can cause this and the problem is figuring out what does the damage...
     
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  6. hcb0804

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    I constantly have this only on my right side nose and ear. Annoying!
     
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  7. sureshs

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    Go for some hot spicy food
     
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  8. hcb0804

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    So I can have an upset stomach too??
     
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  9. sureshs

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    It will make you take a big crap and flush out all the infection
     
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  10. charliefedererer

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    You are smart going to see an ear, nose and throat specialist. He will likely find the cause of your problem and how YOU should treat it.

    Likely you do have allergies to something - but allergies to pollen, dust and other environmental particles are more common than milk problems and wheat. (Milk and wheat problems more commonly show up with intestinal cramping.)


    Besides the medications you are taking, some find that rinsing the nose with plain saline can provide quick relief, even if it is not long lasting.
    For some, this is needed before using a nasal spray prescribed by their ENT specialist so that the prescription spray can make it to the nasal lining where it can be absorbed and work. (The prescription spray won't make it through the clogged nasal passage.)
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    http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/ss/slideshow-natural-cold-and-flu-remedies


    [Some of those not bothered from a problem like you describe find the thought of a stuffy nose either "disgusting" or "funny". Try not to get upset about some of the above responses. They are usually written without deep thought that someone may be suffering from a problem (and it is "unusual" to post this problem on a tennis site).]
     
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  11. Vlad_C

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    The first thing the ENT will do is to look for the cause of your problems.
    If your problems are all on one side, the cause may be a deviated septum. A deviated septum can lead to all sorts of things, from difficulty breathing to chronic sinusitis and other infections.
    The fix: surgery to straighten the septum.
    If you currently have an infection, he will likely prescribe you an antibiotic.

    A temporary solution: Breathe Right nasal strips, like Tipsarevic was using a while ago:

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    Those, together with using a saline solution rinse as mentioned by previous posters, will help keep the symptoms under control.
     
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  12. Jay_The_Nomad

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    ENT doctors used to flush people's noses and sinus cavities out with saline solution in the past but these days there is really no point because they can achieve the same result using medication.

    How is the nasonex spray working? It is a topical steroid and you have to spray it up your nose regularly for it to be effective. It is great for keeping rhinitis at bay, but you would need to also find out what's triggering the allergy.

    It is possible that you may be allergic to milk and wheat, so consider doing a skin test to narrow down the classes of allergens.

     
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  13. NE1for10is?

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    Although I agree that a trip to an ENT is probably a good idea, ENTs were never any help to me. Keep in mind that they often tend to treat the symptom with medication and not resolve the underlying cause.
     
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