So sorry to hear about your problem. Fortunately, you are already working with an ENT (aka ear nose and throat surgeon
aka otolaryngology-head and neck surgeon), and I would recommend that you continue to follow his or her advice.
Many people will have complaints of stuffiness in their ears after an upper respiratory tract infection. In addition to the normal symptoms of a sore throat
, nasal congestion, and nasal drainage, patients can complain of a feeling of fullness in their ears, ear pain, decreased hearing, and even ear infections. This is sometimes because the Eustachian tube, a very narrow structure that connects the middle ear to the back of the throat, can become blocked when it swells. Any blockage prevents mucous drainage, which can then become secondarily infected. Rarely, this can cause drainage out of the ear as well, known as otorrhea, which can then cause an infection of the outer ear which is known as otitis externa. There are many excellent antibiotics that can be used both topically (drops) and systemically. If a patient continues to have symptoms despite optimal medical therapy, doctors
will often begin to suspect alternative diagnosis that could be causing symptoms. Please speak with your doctor.