Usually the first line of defense is a decongestant - like Sudafed - although this is usually given in conjunction with a steroidal nasal spray like Nasonex. If Sudafed is not helping you may want to try an allergy medication - like Zyrtec D (10mg ) - over the counter.
If the loss was sudden and can't be attributed to seeing a concert, other loud noise exposure etc, then you want to see an ENT and rule out more serious issues including a Viral infection. If it is a viral infection it is best treated within days of occurance and can be done so with a prescription Valtrex.
Today is Sunday and if I were in your shoes I'd Take Zyrtec D - 10mg today and call an ENT in the AM and be sure to emphasize that the loss was sudden and you want to rule out a viral infection.
Also ask for a tympanogram (if you haven't had one already) to check the status of your eustachian tubes) and if he/she really feels it is an allergy - then an allergy test too.
Let us know how you do!
Originally Posted by hcvsd
Hello, I'll make this short I was sitting down and all of sudden my right ear went plugged, I can barely hear a dial tone in that ear, and if i hum I can not hear it in that ear.
So Went to Urgent care said it is a allergy said he seen fluid, told me to take claratin D well it has been 3 days and still the same.
So off to another DR this one says no fluid seen and to try sudafed
I'm really worried it feels like a plugged ear( like i have a sea shell over it) but with hearing loss.
Is it really allergy's? Or is this hearing loss? What is this?
I'm 38, all suggestions are welcomed!
Last edited by cally1; 04-18-2010 at 08:11 AM.
Just quick update, no change my PCP gave me flonase and said to take mucinex, he said he seen fluid.
So It has been a week since it started and no change, some of the hearing in that ear is like a echo, vibrations, thats the way it sounds, it is like distorted and i have to plug that ear if someone talks to loud on that side.
I'm probably going to request to see a ENT but my PCP wanted to try this and I need his stupid referral.