Relieve Ear Congestion

Ear congestion can be a frustrating situation leaving you feeling like you have water or fluid in your ears, making hearing more difficult, and/or causing your ears to pop. Ear congestion can come on due to many reasons such as during swimming (if you get water in the ear), during a cold, or while experiencing allergies of any variety.

Let’s go over some of the best ways to handle and remove this ear congestion.

Method 1: Clean Your Ears Regularly

If your ear congestion is due to wax build-up, cleaning your ears regularly can help. Avoid using Q-tips for this however as they tend to simply push the wax deeper inside the ears. Instead, try purchasing an earwax remover kit or create your own remover by mixing together a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with one tablespoon of isopropyl alcohol and pouring a few drops of this into the ear. Let stand for a few minutes and this should clean the ears out.

Method 2: Yawn

Sometimes ear congestion can occur due to changes in atmospheric pressure such as if you are on a plane or go up or down a large hill or mountain while driving. To help relieve this ear congestion, try yawning. Often this will equalize the pressure, returning you back to your natural state.

Method 3: Allow The Fluid To Drain

If you have fluid in your ear causing the congestion due to a cold or flu or because you were swimming/bathing and got water trapped in the ear, lay down on a pillow with the ear that’s congested facing the pillow. Stay there for 10-20 minutes or until you feel the liquid drip from the ear.

Method 4: Use A Neti Pot

A neti pot, which is a specific type of pot that fits tightly into the nose can also be used to help clear your sinuses and remove any liquid that’s residing inside the ear and help to relieve any sort of sinus congestion.

Method 5: Use A Nasal Spray

If the ear congestion is from a cold or allergies, a nasal spray/decongestant may help you reduce the ear congestion effectively and provide fast relief.