Can sinus drainage cause ear infections?
Yes. A sinus infection can cause fluid to be trapped in the ear behind the eardrum. Bacteria and viruses can grow and can cause an ear infection. It’s especially important to get to the doctor if you’re feeling pain or pressure in the ear.
What helps sinus drainage and ear pain?
Here are things you can do to relieve sinus congestion and related ear congestion:
- Take a nasal decongestant.
- Blow your nose gently.
- Use a nasal rinse or nasal irrigation system.
- Use a humidifier, as dry air can irritate your nasal passages.
- Avoid tobacco smoke and other irritants.
Can sinus drainage cause sore throat and ear pain?
Excess mucus in your nose can clog your sinus passages, which may lead to a sinus infection. Postnasal drip can also cause ear or throat discomfort.
How do you decongest your ears?
There are several techniques you can try to unclog or pop your ears:
- Swallowing. When you swallow, your muscles automatically work to open the Eustachian tube.
- Valsalva maneuver.
- Toynbee maneuver.
- Applying a warm washcloth.
- Nasal decongestants.
- Nasal corticosteroids.
- Ventilation tubes.
How do you tell if you have an ear infection or sinus infection?
If you’re experiencing nasal drip with thick yellow-green mucus, you likely have a sinus infection, not an ear infection. Ditto with a cough, bad breath and reduced ability to smell. However, signs such as sharp stabbing pains in your ear canal, earaches and muffled hearing point to ear infections.
Do antihistamines help with fluid in ears?
When your sinuses are blocked, or irritated, your Eustachian tubes can become blocked as well. This is why sinus medication can help you clear your ears. Antihistamines (Chlophenarimine, Entex, ternafdine (Seldane) will help. Also, decongestants as discussed above and nasal steroids can help.
What is the best antihistamine for clogged ears?
To additionally reduce the feeling of fullness in your ear, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about an antihistamine that includes a decongestant such as:
- cetirizine plus pseudoephedrine (Zyrtec-D)
- fexofenadine plus pseudoephedrine (Allegra-D)
- loratadine plus pseudoephedrine (Claritin-D)
Does sinus drainage cause sore throat?
This discharge comes from your infected sinuses and drains into your nasal passages. The discharge may also bypass your nose and drain down the back of your throat. You may feel a tickle, an itch, or even a sore throat.
Can your throat hurt from a sinus infection?
Does a sinus infection cause sore throat? Yes, it certainly can. Sinus infections can often lead to complications with post-nasal drip — excess mucus draining down the back of your throat — which in turn can cause a sore throat or cough.
Can you have a sinus infection for months?
Chronic sinusitis occurs when the spaces inside your nose and head (sinuses) are swollen and inflamed for three months or longer, despite treatment. This common condition interferes with the way mucus normally drains, and makes your nose stuffy.