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How to Get Rid of Ear Congestion Fast

By Valencia Higuera ; Updated July 27, 2017

Ear congestion is an annoying ailment that commonly accompanies a cold, sinus infections and allergies. Congestion can affect one or both ears, and sufferers generally have difficulty hearing, or they may hear a slight ringing in their ears. Different techniques offer quick relief. Oftentimes, resolving the ear congestion involves addressing the underlying issue.

  1. Break up mucus. Pop an over-the-counter decongestant to loosen mucus and drain congestion in the ears. Use the product as directed.

  2. Manage your allergies. Ear congestion due to allergic reactions responds to antihistamines. Take the medication as instructed, and reduce airborne allergens by regularly changing your house filters (every three to six months or as recommended by your supplier), dusting and vacuuming floors and keeping doors and windows closed during allergy season.

  3. Relieve ear congestion with steam. Sit in a steamy bathroom, or position a hot towel against your ear to treat congestion.

  4. Loosen ear wax. An accumulation of wax in the ear can bring on congestion and difficulty hearing. Apply over-the-counter ear drops, or create a home mixture with water and a hydrogen peroxide solution. Use an eye dropper to apply a few drops. Let the mixture sit inside the ears for a few minutes, then lean your head to the side to drain the mixture.

  5. Use a humidifier to clear up ear congestion. Dry air triggers congestion, so keep the air in your home moist with a humidifier.

  6. Pop your ears. Chew gum to help unclog the ears and stop congestion.

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