Originally Posted by lisakatd
I've had a severe cold for a month. Doctor suggested trying neti pot. I got one and tried it... It wasn't working at all because I'm so congested. No water would come out either nostril. I kept trying maybe 5 - 10 times on each side, no luck. This is my first time using one.
Next morning I wake up with a blocked ear on the right side. As time goes by it becomes very very painful. I go to an Urgent Care and he says I have full blown ear infection and throat infection and prescribes antibiotics which I'm now taking.
I think the main test will be to see if this goes away once I complete the antibiotics. What I fear though is that my use of the neti pot has caused water to be lodged in my middle ear. Since I started the antibiotics, only taken one so far, it feels better... the pain has decreased, but the fullness blocked feeling is still there.
Should I assume that my eustachian tube has water stuck? I'm really scared based on the stories I've been reading. My intuition tells me I do have water in there, and I would really like to know what I should do.
Note: Prior to this incident, I popped my ears by closing my mouth/nose and that side (the right side) would barely pop, and when it did I got real dizzy. I thought, oh I better go get my ears cleaned. I went to the doctor last week and she said they looked fine minus a little fluid (this was Wed.). I did the neti pot that Friday, then had to go to Urgent Care on Saturday.
Do you think I could have developed this "full blown" ear infection in one night? Or based on what I'm saying was my ear already acting up?
I've been sick with a cold for over a month now... so I know my sinuses are probably suffering. Urgent Care told me I have strep throat and an ear infection.
My sense is that you may not have eliminated all the fluid in your nasal passage/eustachian tube after using the Neddi pot. This is important as the fluid can cause problems.
Your ENT can usually tell if there is fluid in the ear by examining your eardrum - if is buldging in our out it is indicative of a problam and if necessary they can perform a myringotomy to remove the fluid. A good decongestant/hot showers and time usually alleviate the situation too.
Importnat thing is to stay on top of this - make notes each day about what you've taken and the results/expeience you've had. Check in w your ENT if not better in a week!
In the future - do a U tube search for How ot Use a Neddi Pot - you'll find easy to follow video instructions...