Your head is clogged, you nose is stuffed and your hearing sounds like someone put a pillow to your ears. Sound familiar? Unfortunately cold and sinus issues can create painful or uncomfortable ear trouble as well.
Here are a few ways to help relieve your systems:
- Nasal saline sprays can offer some sinus relief, which helps the congestion in your ears as well. However, do not use for more than three days as sometimes that can make your symptoms worse. The moisture from humidifiers or hot showers can also bring temporary relief to stuffy heads and ears.
- Over the counter decongestants work for most people as well to help break up the congestion and sinus blockages.
- Use pain relievers such as Aleve, Tylenol, Motrin or Advil to ease the ache that can accompany ear congestion.
- Hydrate! Drink plenty of water throughout the day to help keep mucus thin and promote drainage.
- Avoid caffeine, salt, alcohol and smoking. All of these hinder circulation and make your symptoms worse.
In most cases, symptoms don’t last long and head colds and congestion work themselves out. If you aren’t having any relief within a week or are experiencing swelling or fever, call your doctor and make sure that something more serious isn’t in the works.