Sinus infections or clogged sinuses can affect the ears. You can sometimes feel a mild pain in the ear canal, or you may just feel like your ears are constantly blocked. The sound may be muffled, and it can feel a little disruptive. It is all to do with the pressure within your sinuses and the way you ear, nose, and throat are all connected.
It is time to take some steps to relieve the pressure. The good news is you do not necessarily need medication. Unless this is a symptom of another medical issue, you can avoid pharmaceutical drugs often. There are plenty of proven, herbal and natural remedies available.
Here’s a look at seven that you will want to try right away to get rid of your sinus pressure within the ear.
Use Humidifiers Within the Home
Wherever you can, keep your sinuses moist. When they dry out, the pressure feels worse, and you can suffer more symptoms, such as dizziness and headaches. Humidifiers are the easiest and quickest way to keep your sinuses moist throughout the day, especially when you are in the home. They help to add moisture to the air, regardless of the temperatures and humidity outside. If you live in an area known for dry heat, you will want to consider a humidifier for other reasons. They are excellent for keeping the skin moist and supporting the heat of the rest of your body.
Keep the humidifiers running throughout the night. This is often when most people experience drier temperatures and need the help. You can avoid waking up with the feeling that you have been in the sauna.
If you cannot use a humidifier for any reason, you will need to consider your other options to keep your sinuses moist and clear. One of the best options is a nasal saline spray.
Most people will think of the pharmaceutical options, but they are not necessary. You can make your own with just some filtered or pre-boiled (and cooled) water. You will want to make sure the toxins and minerals are removed from the water before using it as a saline spray.
Place a small hose in one nostril, with your head over a sink. Your clear nostril should be closest to the sink. Gently and slowly pour the water through the hose. It will move through your sinuses and out the other nose, clearing them of any pressure and blockage within them. You will instantly feel relief throughout your whole headspace.
Don’t use the saline mixtures within the ears. You can cause damage to your hearing. Only opt for ear saline treatments when used by a trained professional.
You may see some recommendations for using olive oil drops within the ears. Make sure you seek the advice from a trained professional before using them. Your ears are sensitive, and you could cause infections rather than getting the treatment that you need!
Opt for Steam to Clear the Sinuses
You can help to relieve pressure using steam. One of the most commonly suggested options is to sit in a warm shower for at least 15 minutes, allowing the natural steam to do the work. You can also do this in a hot bath, but you will need to protect your skin from the heat.
If you cannot stand the heat of the water or you want it hotter, you can make your mini head sauna.
Place a bowl of boiled water (that is still hot) on a table. Put your head over the bowl and use a towel over your head to help trap the steam within the area. You can breathe the steam in and out, naturally clearing the pressure within your sinuses and relieving the pain and discomfort in your ears.
If you want to go one step further, you can opt for some Vicks or another menthol cream within the water. Mint essential oil will also work. You only need a little to create menthol steam that offers more benefits to clear out your sinuses and relieve the pressure that has built up.
Avoid putting your head down while doing this. You want to keep it over the bowl in a semi-upright position. Putting your head down will cause more pressure on the sinuses and your ears.
Use a Cold Pack on the Area
You can apply cold to the affected area for instant relief from the pressure. This can be a little tricky with the ears, but it will depend on where the pain originates from. Just because you feel the pressure in your ears, doesn’t mean this is the first place it will be. You could find treating the sinus blockage or pressure around the nose area helps to relieve the pain in your ears.
Use a cold pack around your sinuses or your head. Sit with it on your skin for around 20 minutes. Don’t put ice directly on your skin! Make sure it is covered with something to avoid freezer burns and discomfort.
If you do not have a cold pack or you do not like using ice, you can also use a cold washcloth. Have a bowl of cold water and dip the washcloth inside. Wring out the excess water and then apply it directly to wherever the pressure is.
Heat does not work as well as cold. The heat will draw out the moisture and make the symptoms worse. Only breathing in steam helps, as this helps to add moisture to the area.
Use Pillows to Encourage the Drainage from the Ears
Sometimes there will be some blockage in the ears. You can get the fluid that builds up, due to it having nowhere to go or a previous infection. You will want to get it out of the ears as soon as possible.
Rather than using a saline cleanser (as they can cause problems for your hearing), you will want to encourage the draining of the liquid as soon as possible. The best way to do that is by focusing on the way you sleep and sit throughout the day.
Arrange the pillows in your bed to help prop your body slightly. This will help to keep your head up and avoid the pressure going further into your ears and head; there’s nothing worse than trying to sleep when dealing with pressure around your sinuses! The pillows will also help to encourage the right positioning for the draining of the fluid. Keep your blocked ear closest to the bed for the best results.
Even if the fluid does not drain out, sleeping like this will help you get a good night’s sleep. This will encourage your immune system to work better, so you get rid of the sinus issues and pressure quicker.
You may also find that the pressure is due to thetrapped fluid within your ear canal (often referred to as swimmer’s ear, as pool water can get trapped in the ear canal). Tilt your head to one side and jump up and down. Gravity can help to dislodge the water. You will feel it trickle out of your ear!
Drink Plenty of Water
You will hear this all the time, but it is essential for relieving the pressure in your ears. The more you swallow, the more you get rid of the pressure. Think about when you are on a plane taking off or landing. You will feel relief when you swallow. Your ears clear from the pressure that builds within your ears. The same applies even when you are on the ground.
Drinking plenty of water encourages you to swallow more. You will get rid of the build-up much sooner than when you do not drink water.
If you have no access to a drink for a short space of time, make sure you have some suck-able sweeties or some chewing gum. Opt for sugar-free to protect your teeth as much as possible. The gum and sweets will help to encourage more saliva to form within the mouth. This means you need to swallow a lot more!
You do not just need to drink water. Any juice or drink that encourages you to swallow more will help. Water is only the best for your overall health.
Herbal teas can be beneficial. They offer the steam without the excess caffeine that can make your sinus pressure worse. You can breathe in some of the steam to help remove the blockage while using the swallowing to relieve some of the pressure buildups.
Yawning will also help to clear out the pressure. You open your sinuses when you yawn, encouraging blockages to move and forcing the pressure to move elsewhere. Just cover your mouth when you yawn out of courtesy to others. Check out more info on how to quit yawning here
Gargle Some Salt Water
Salt water is more than a throat cleanser. It can also help to get rid of the pressure in your ears. There are a few reasons for this.
The first is that the salt can help to cleanse the sinus infection that is causing the pressure. Remember that your ears, nose, and throat are all connected. As you gargle, you help to get the salt particles through the body to fight against any infection that is around. The salt has antibacterial, antivirus, and antiseptic qualities.
At the same time, gargling helps to open up the sinuses. You will find that the pressure has more space to maneuver, a little like when yawning and swallowing. You can gargle with anything to gain this benefit, but salt water offers many others.
Opt for warm salt water where possible. The warmth will help with the relaxation of the muscles. It is also much more appreciated by the back of your throat! When you are relaxed, your body will find it easier to repair damage and remove theinfection.
You do not need a lot of salt, and you do not want to swallow it. Just a teaspoon in a glass of warm water is enough. Take a mouthful and gargle as far back to your throat as possible. When you are done, spit it out in the sink. Repeat four more times at least or finish off the whole glass if you would like. It really will depend on the amount of time you have.
Opt for Some Over the Counter Pain Remedies
While you are getting rid of the pressure, you may want to relieve the pain and discomfort you feel. Sometimes the only way to do that is through over the counter remedies. You do not need strong painkillers to help. Just some paracetamol or aspirin will do the trick.
If you have a medical condition or take medication that means taking aspirin is dangerous, opt for the paracetamol instead. You may also want to talk to your doctor to find out if there is anything else that you should avoid.
Treat the over the counter remedies as a last resort. Most of the six other remedies will help to get rid of the pressure and reasons for the pressure. The painkillers are more to treat the symptoms if you find nothing else works.
See Your Doctor If All Else Fails
The pressure within your sinuses may be due to another condition. Pain in your ears could be due to a more serious problem. You will want to speak to your doctor if the sinus pressure persists after trying everything. See your doctor if it persists for longer than three to four weeks.
Unfortunately, a lot of sinus pressure is due to a viral infection. Antibiotics will not help clear viral infections up, and you will have to work with your body to clear them up naturally. Eat food that will boost your immune system’s capabilities and look after your overall body to help overcome the problem right away.
Your doctor will consider all the reasons for your sinus pressure. You will then get the exact help you need, rather than just treating symptoms as you go. Your doctor may still recommend the above seven proven techniques for removing the symptoms while you get rid of the reason.