Try a decongestant. I used to have fluid build up/pressure in my ears due to allergies that it eventually led to ear infections until I started taking a decongestant. I like Claritin D (24 hour). Since I started taking it - no more ear infections, ear pressure, headaches, or clicky noises in my ears.
I just went through this after a sinus infection and feel your pain. It is SO annoying. Peroxide seemed to work well for me. I put several drops in and laid down on my side with the clogged ear up for about 15-20 minutes. It fizzes a lot but is not uncomfortable. It didn't clear the clog out immediately, but within a couple of days the ear did start to drain. Everything I read online said it will go away naturally. It's definitely a pain though - I was on the verge of going to the doctor when mine went away, just because I couldn't stand it anymore! Hope yours unclogs soon!
I thought I had earwax or something clogging my ear. I can't stand the way it feels, and it has been like this for over a week. I tried some stuff for earwax and nothing helped, so I asked my dr. at my six week check up (I just had a baby) to look in my ears. She said there wasn't any wax so it is probably just drainage. I know I probably need to go see an ear, nose, and throat specialist but I just keep thing it will surely go away soon! I didn't have a cold or the flu so it's weird that I just have a clogged ear. Anyway I just thought it was crazy that this seems to be something other people are dealing with.
I have a cold right now, and had clogged ears also. I decided to use my Neti pot that I picked up, but never used. Amazingly, my ears cleared up along with my nose, etc. I still am using it to clear my sinuses up, but my ears have been fine since the first time I used it.
I must have the worst ears around. They gunk up with every cold and some allergies. I can hear the fluid in their dripping about and it's nasty and no fun.
Yes, try a neti pot. Gross but effective. I use one with every cold but cannot convince anyone else in my family to get one of their own to try.
I like using old fashioned sudafed (ask for it at the pharmacy -- people make meth out of it so it's controlled but not prescription), not the stuff on the shelves (which might work for some) along with mucus medicine (mucinex, even plain Robitussin, the stuff with "guiafenisen" in it -- I probably misspelled that).
On top of that, DRINK a lot of water, decaf tea, juice, decaf pop or whatever you like. Caffeine tends to dry you out as does alcohol (and milk just gunks a lot of folks up more). Your pee should be light yellow, very light yellow.
Don't take any "drying" medicines unless you really need them. Antihistamines and sleeping pills dry you up and you want the stuff in there to be as liquidy as possible so it can come out. If you take a drying medicine of any sort, it can make the fluid thicker, like glue, making it harder to come out (and raising your risk of infection). If you really NEED a sleeping pill or allergy pill, take one, but only if you need one. Antihistamines are good for ALLERGIES and while they SEEM to work for colds, sometimes they backfire by drying up gunk and leaving it right where it is (the chest, the ears, the sinuses). You want stuff to stay wet until it drains.
Last yeaer I was in the same boat. I thought the doctor would clean out my ears with forcing that hot water stuff through my ears and I would be fine. Oh no.........he told me my earwax was fine. I just needed to take sudafed for a couple weeks and that would help. It did!
Okay, I go to the doctor every 6-8 months (since the past few years I have been in California) to see an ear nose and throat doctor, and he vacuums my ear. It doesn't sound pleasant, but it isn't bad... just loud.
He says that some drops actually make the wax expand because it absorbs the moisture and puffs up. It isn't harmful, but nothing might work but a trip to the doctor.
It's kind of funny but i read somewhere that you can hold your breath for a couple of seconds, so i tried it, and i could literally hear the water unclogging from my ear.
Just hold you nose and brethe hard for a minute.
It'll work, trust me,
I just did it like a minbute ago lol
I'm seeing an ENT for this right now I've had the problem since the beginning of March . He says it'll go away eventually... But I've been taking Allegra D, a nasal antihistimine at night and nasonex in the am... It's taking forever to go away. if I'm still like this at my next follow up appointment, he'l probably drain it or put a tube in it.