Could allergies be cause of eustachian tube dys?
For three weeks now, I hear a crack/pop sound when I swallow and some ringing when it's quiet in bed, etc. THree weeks ago, I went to the mountains here in NC for a day trip, no ear problems (I fly, go to mountains often). The next day, I noticed slight pain in my right ear when I 'flexed' the inside of it, or stuck my finger in and created any suction. Thought it would go away.
Next day I noticed loud crack when I swallowed. Very irritating, I can't sleep and I'm thinking I'm doomed to this the rest of my life. THe original pain went away. THen next day, left ear started hurting, aching. Doc gave Sudafed and Rhinocort, said there was fluid in my ears. No good. Then another doc gave prescrip pseudoph/guisafe, Rhincort, then started me on Prednisone for 10 days. Had terrible left ear ache that went away. Still clicking. Doesn't click when i close both ears, or put pillows over them to sleep, or when I eat.
Went to ENT, he said he saw no fluid and would be happy to put tubes in my ears to open them up and let the Eustachian tubes return to normal - that he does this type of thing for lots of adults. I said I'd wait, he said to blow into my ears holding my nose several times a day and come back to see him.
I don't have any allergies normally - like runny nose, sinus issues, etc. I do remember blowing my nose one morning after the shower the previous week before the mounatins and there was a little blood from my right side. I have had a severe allergic reaction to an antibiotic years ago, but nothing inhalant or food that I know of. I had burning eyes one day, sneezing one day, stuff like that...but randomly
SO (thanks for reading this far) - I"m thinking to get the tubes put in after a couple mroe weeks, and getting tested for allergies.
Could allergies cause your eustachian tube only to close shut?
Did the mountains have anythign to do with it?
How LONG will this clicking go on? And ringing? Will tubes help it?
Any info would be TERRIFIC!!! I am losing my mind over here with this clicking crap----