Why Do My Ears Feel Pain While Cold?


Medical Video: Ears 101 : How to Relieve Ear Pressure Pain

Have you ever felt ear pain during a cold? Yes, besides a runny or stuffy nose, ear pain is also one of the symptoms that appears when you are having a cold or flu. Colds and flu both cause a buildup of mucus and pressure on the ear. The difference is that the cold symptoms are lighter than the flu.

The more severe the symptoms of a cold you feel, the more likely you are to feel pain in the ear. However, why can it happen and how to overcome it? Come on, see the explanation below.

Actually, what makes the ear hurt during a cold?

Colds occur when rhinovirus infects your respiratory tract. So not only the nose, the throat and eustachian tube (the tube that connects the ear to the throat) is also affected. That is why when you runny nose, you can also experience a sore throat or earache at the same time.

Actually, mucus (mucus) has been produced and always flows from the nose to the lungs to maintain moisture. This mucus also functions to filter out impurities in the air you breathe.

Well, when rhinovirus attacks the body, there is a change in the mucus. Mucus is produced more and changes color. The amount of mucus can clog the nose as well as the eustachian tube in the middle ear. The buildup of mucus that should flow into the throat instead trapped in the middle ear and clogs the ear.

When healthy, the eustachian tube will move open and close to maintain air balance. When a cold occurs, the eustachian tube becomes more difficult to carry out the movement because there is a pile of mucus in the canal.

In addition, the mucus also puts more pressure on the middle ear. This is the reason why you become unresponsive to sound and feel pressure on your ear so that it hurts.

Fortunately, the ear hurts when colds are rare. This condition only appears if your runny nose is very severe and will improve as your body recovers from a cold.

Does earache when a cold has to be treated?

Ear pain during a cold must be very disturbing to you in your activities. This will heal if you treat your cold, because the more if the amount of mucus has returned to normal, then there is no more pressing and clogging the ears.

Medicines for acetaminophen, decongestants, or ibuprofen according to a doctor's prescription can help you thaw mucus so that the symptoms become more reduced. Compressing your ears with a towel soaked in hot water or drinking lots of water can also help relieve symptoms.

If you continue to allow this condition, it is feared that the buildup of mucus will trigger the development of bacteria in the ear. These bacteria will multiply and make inflammation.

This condition is different from a cold and is called an ear infection. Although having symptoms of an ear infection is almost similar to a cold, including ear pain. The difference is that pain in the ear will continue to occur accompanied by dizziness and difficulty sleeping.

If this condition continues and continues to make you uncomfortable, you should immediately see a doctor.

Why Do My Ears Feel Pain While Cold?
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