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How to Unstop Ears

Colds or influenza as well as other medical problems can leave the ears feeling clogged and under pressure. The condition is uncomfortable and can interfere with hearing and sometimes with balance. Stopped up ears can also create actual pain that can be difficult to ease. This type of congestion often requires treatment in order for the sufferer to find relief. Learn what methods are in place for treating the problem in order to unstop you ears.

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If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.

Swallow several times to help relieve pressure in ears. Also, chew a stick of gum to achieve the same purpose. This will provide temporary relief for some forms of ear pressure, but if you are suffering from an infection further action should be taken.

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Take a hot shower to allow steam to help open up your ears. Showering before bed can help you sleep better when you have ear congestion.

Use a hot water bottle or heating pad to warm your ears. Alternate applying heat to each ear to provide relief from congestion.

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Look for commercial ear drops that are advertised to relieve ear congestion. These drops can successfully open ears for several hours at a time.

Purchase an antihistamine from your local drug store. This medication can help relieve the symptom of clogged ears. Follow the dosage instructions on the product’s label. This medication may be an oral antihistamine or a nasal spray.

Apply a hydrogen peroxide treatment to your stopped up ears. Mix ¼ of a cup of hydrogen peroxide to the same amount of warm water. Use an ear syringe to apply half the solution to one ear. Lie down and wait five minutes before turning your head to allow wax to drain from your ear. Repeat procedure for your other ear.

Take a decongestant to relieve ear pressure if it does not resolve itself over several days. This medication is used to unstop ears which are the result of colds or flus.


Chew gum throughout plane trips and when traveling on land in high elevations.

Seek out help from your physician before hay fever season begins if you are a known sufferer and want to help prevent ear congestion caused by allergens.


Contact a physician if your ear congestion does not clear up within a week, if you experience muffled hearing or hearing loss or if a discharge is coming from your ears.

Do not use nasal sprays or ear drops for longer than recommended as they can cause you to become reliant on them.