Eustachian Tube Dysfunction Treatment

Can this condition be treated? What Eustachian Tube Dysfunction treatment options are available? Learn more below about the current treatments available to patients.


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How to Treat Eustachian Tube Dysfunction

To deal with ear clogging, discomfort, or pain, you can try:

  • Swallowing, yawning, or chewing gum to relieve the pressure
  • Clearing your ears by breathing in and then gently breathing out while holding your nostrils and mouth closed

If the symptoms do not go away within a few hours or are severe, your doctor may recommend the following medications:

  • Nasal or oral decongestants
  • Oral antihistamines
  • Nasal steroids to relieve nasal congestion and enable the eustachian tube to open
  • Pain medications (eg, acetaminophen or ibuprofen )

In rare cases, a myringotomy may be necessary. The doctor makes an incision in the eardrum to allow the pressure to equalize and the fluid to drain.


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