What Is a Home Remedy for Clogged Ears?

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Home remedies for stuffy ears include seeking moisture via a humidifier or saline spray, taking an over-the-counter decongestant or pain reliever and staying hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, according to WebMD. Because the ears and sinuses are connected, alleviating sinus pressure helps to unclog ears as well. People can prevent sinus and ear aggravation by avoiding temperature extremes, keeping the head elevated and avoiding fast movements that cause dizziness.

Nasal saline spray and a hot, wet washcloth laid across the face work well to add moisture to the sinus cavities to relieve pressure and help unclog the ears, according to WebMD. A humidifier or sitting in a bathroom with a hot shower running also helps to alleviate ear and sinus pressure. Taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen for clogged ear pain or a nasal decongestant to open blocked sinuses and relieve ear pressure is another option.

WebMD notes that both hot and cold conditions aggravate sinus problems and bending over can increase sinus pressure; these activities should be avoided until ear pressure is relieved. Sufferers should also avoid caffeine, alcohol, salt and tobacco, as all of these affect circulation and any small change in blood flow can affect ear pressure. Most cases of clogged ears and earache resolve on their own. However, if a fever occurs, swelling is present or symptoms last longer than one week, a visit to a doctor is recommended.