How do I clear my Eustachian tube after a middle ear infection. I'm seriously at my wit's end.
I just finished my regimen of antibiotics for a middle ear infection, but my right ear is still unbearably clogged. There's no pain, but my hearing is impaired. I saw the doctor for a follow-up on Friday, and he said it could be as long as 2 and a half weeks before it is cleared. The possibility of being like this for another half a month is extremely depressing for me (or even longer, because if it isn't clear by then, I'd have to go on nasal steroids), so I've been trying everything I can to remedy the situation, such as:
- Saline nasal sprays
- Gargling with warm salt water
- Various decongestants including Coricidin HBP (recommended by my doctor), Advil Cold and Sinus and Mucinex D
- Neti Pot
- Homeopathic nasal sprays
- Working out
- Chewing gum
- The technique described here
, though I couldn't get my throat to close off, so I didn't really get much water in my sinuses
- Rubbing alcohol in the ear canal
After trying all of these for the better part of a week, not only have they not worked, but they haven't even made a dent in the clog. I can't get it to even crack the tiniest bit of I blow my nose or use the valsalva maneuver. My wife is getting tired of me moping around the house because I can't do any of the things I love (watch tv/movies, read, listen to music, or even work effectively), since I find it hard to concentrate or hear well. Can anyone suggest anything I haven't already tried?