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Plugged feeling in ear

Also known as Ear feels blocked, Ear feels full, Ears need cleaning, Excessive ear wax, Congestion in ear, and Ears popping

Plugged feeling in ear is encountered rarely on Symcat. We will add more content to this page if enough people like you show interest.

What causes it?

The most common causes of plugged feeling in ear are ear wax impaction, otitis media, and chronic sinusitis. Other possible causes, such as seasonal allergies (hay fever), are more rare.

What symptoms are related?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with plugged feeling in ear, 51% report having ear pain, 50% report having diminished hearing, and 38% report having nasal congestion.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with plugged feeling in ear often receive other therapeutic ear procedures, other diagnostic procedures (interview; evaluation; consultation), ophthalmologic and otologic diagnosis and treatment, excision, diagnostic procedures on ear, diagnostic procedures on nose; mouth and pharynx, psychological and psychiatric evaluation and therapy and tracheoscopy and laryngoscopy with biopsy .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with plugged feeling in ear include carbamide peroxide otic, pseudoephedrine (pcm-la), budesonide nasal product, ofloxacin, azelastine nasal, fexofenadine / pseudoephedrine, oxymetazoline nasal, mineral oil (stye), fluocinolone otic, hydrogen peroxide topical, levocetirizine (xyzal), carbamide peroxide topical and guaifenesin / phenylpropanolamine .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for plugged feeling in ear include age 75+ years.

Age

< 1 years
0.1x
1-4 years
0.4x
5-14 years
1.0x
15-29 years
0.8x
30-44 years
0.8x
45-59 years
1.1x
60-74 years
1.3x
75+ years
1.7x

Sex

Male
1.2x
Female
0.9x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.6x
Hispanic
0.6x
White
1.2x
Other
0.7x
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