The sinuses are a system of hollow, air-filled spaces located on either side of your nose and above/between your eyes. Since the ears, nose and throat are all interconnected, inflammation in the sinuses can lead to problems elsewhere in the ENT region. For instance, ear congestion often occurs in combination with nasal congestion. However, it is also possible to experience congestion in the ears but not the nose. In this article, we’ll look at a few potential reasons why this might occur.
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Congestion in Ears But Not Nose: What Could It Be?
In order to understand why patients sometimes experience congestion in ears but not nose, it’s necessary to have a bit of background information on ear anatomy. Running between the nose and middle ear is a small canal called the Eustachian tube. This canal helps to regulate pressure in the middle ear. If it becomes blocked or clogged, the Eustachian tube may stop functioning properly, in turn resulting in ear congestion.
How might ear congestion manifest? Patients commonly report a feeling of pressure, stuffiness and fullness in the affected ear. Ear discomfort and trouble hearing may also be indicators of an issue in the middle ear or ear canal.
Furthermore, problems affecting the sinuses can also lead to ear congestion – with or without nasal congestion. Conditions which may cause swelling/blockage in the sinuses include:
- Common Cold & Flu
- Deviated Septum
- Nasal Polyps
As you can see, there are a number of possible reasons why you might experience ear congestion. Fortunately, numerous safe & effective options are available to treat this frustrating symptom and others which may accompany it.
Visit Dr. Goldberg’s Office for Professional Help Resolving Your ENT Issues
Whether you are concerned about ear congestion alone, or you have a number of lingering sinus/allergy symptoms, Dr. Joshua Goldberg is a uniquely qualified choice for your care. The Greater Philadelphia area’s patient-preferred otolaryngologist, Dr. Goldberg combines his years of expertise with a compassionate, individualized treatment approach to offer the highest level of care. If you would like to arrange an appointment to discuss your treatment options with Dr. Goldberg, you can reach us at 215-659-8805.