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Plugged for a month

My ear has finally opened after a full month of being plugged. What a relief! I have had this problem 3 or 4 times over the last 8 years.

What finally worked for me was inhaling Eucalyptus Oil in steam through my nose. You can buy it in a vitamin store. The relief was intense and almost immediate. There are a few other remedies that helped along the way to healing but inhaling steam with Eucalyptus Oil had the greatest effect. I was able to use a steam room, but you can also just boil it in a pot, or use a steamer and drape a towel over your head to capture the steam. You don't need much eucalyptus oil, just a few drops in 2 cups of water is plenty. Inhale through the nose! Try to keep your head up. The first day I used it I found relief after 20 minutes. Unfortunately when I took a shower,I got more water in my ear. However I knew I was on the right track. The second day of using eucalyptus oil in steam, the effect was much greater, and I'm happy to tell you that I have about 80%-90% relief, and it is getting better.

I read this blog and did find some other things that helped:

1) Don't lay on your affected side. Keep your head propped up. It will keep the liquid from accumualting in the ear.

2) Whatever you put into your ear, warm it up to (at least) room temperature first.

3) Laying with my affected ear up, I used warm 100% hydrogen peroxide via a dropper. I did this for 15 minutes, or so. It doesn't hurt, but it will sting if you get it in your eyes (I found out the hard way). It bubbled like crazy, however it didn't open the ear canal. I found it helpful because it loosened things up. Afterward, I could hear 'sloshing' when I moved my ear with my finger. Some gunk leaked out, but not much. I did this for 3 days before trying the eucalyptus oil.

4) Another poster had a great idea. Submitted by bri at 2008-02-20 23:37:06
'I stuck my pointer fingers in my ears; not all the way, but enough for the tips of my nails to go slightly past the curve in the outer canal. With tops of the fingers pointing up, I kept my fingers straight and used the leverage to pry that outer opening of the ear up and towards the back of my head. It feels like its pulling on other things farther in the ear, and it doesn't hurt. It only muffles the hearing. I then yawned and kept those muscles stretched for as long as I could.

Within a few seconds, I could literally feel the warm buildup draining down my canals.'

Using this idea, I did get some very temporary slight relief, but not much. The best thing about this trick is I discovered that I would get better as soon as I could get the trapped fluid out of my ear.

I hope this post helps somebody. Don't panic and don't jam anything into your ear. It is a common problem, and you can heal yourself. It just takes time.

Thanks to all the others who shared their experiences, and thanks to whoever started this blog.

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Had a hot shower the other day and think I got a bit of water stuck in my left ear. Its been spluttering for the past 3 days and freaking me out.
Just read the above and the spluttering has finally stopped (for now).
ie push your outer ear canal up and back to 'lift', tilt head back and yawn.
I'm prayin this will fix it. Otherwise that slight tap tap tap noise drives you crazy day and night.


Number 4 definitely helped! I've been battling the tap tap sound for 12 hours at work. Yawned and it popped immediately. Taking Sudafed also reduces ear pain/clogging. I have terrible allergies and it works like a charm for sinus congestion!


Surely you don't mean 100% hydrogen peroxide - that would do a lot of damage to your ear canal - and any part of you it touched. You should only use 3%.


The steam with Eucalyptus Oil worked like a charm. Instantly opened up my sinus and ears and relieved some of the pressure. I will probably have to repeat, but this is the first relief I've had in weeks. Thanks for sharing

John, 56 y/o

Have been fighting a bad cold for 4+ days (chills-fever-plugged ears), slowly getting better, but decided to try the finger-in-the-ear remedy. It worked after a minute of gentle but vigorous in-and-out strokes; small movements (below the threshold of pain), at a quick 3-4 strokes a second pumping rate. Ears are still sore, but to my (and my wife’s) relief I think my hearing has improved 60-70% immediately. I’ll keep hitting the anti-congestants. THANKS!


Thanks for the remedies
4th one worked for me


#4 really worked FAST....THANKS


number 4 works... thanks!


Number 4 worked for me as well. Thanks!

Mindy certified aromatherapist

Just make sure when you do the steam with eucalyptus oil to close your eyes to protect them from the effects of the essential oil.

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