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Old 08-14-2013, 09:07 PM   #1
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diagnosed as having Eustachian tube disorder, deviated nasal septum, allergic rhinit

I am 18 and am experiencing pressure from the ear as well as wind-like noises (none that match tinnitus noises) from both ears. I first started experiencing this problem whenever I wore my headphones for too long but am now having this problem throughout the day...which has been happening for few months now.

I went to an ear specialist recently who stuck some tube through my nose that went down my throat/neck and it was said on the insurance company claim(sent from the doctor) that I have Eustachian tube disorder, deviated nasal septum, allergic rhinitis. During the appointment she mentioned how my Eustachian tube is too big or something(and that it normally shrinks as a person gets older but mine didnt) and that I am now getting some sort of allergy that developed only recently.

To me this seems kind of strange because I always thought that this would all just be one problem. I was also advised to take Fluticasone Propionate Nasal Spray USP and Nexium. I am currently only taking the Flut Prop Nasal Spray that seemed to work at the beginning but the problem is beginning to pop up again. Anyways I am confused because I am taking this medication by inhaling with my nose which is somehow suppose to help my ears?

I have read that individually, each one of my problems are nose related but that this affects my ears but its still pretty confusing.

Can someone enlighten me a bit more about my circumstance? I am currently debating whether to take Prilosec or Nexium or something but am reluctant to due to possible side affects. My doctor also said that eventually I'd stop taking these medicine and that stuff like not eating right before lying down and eating certain foods will help cure this problem. Any advice if I should go with any of these medications?

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Old 08-15-2013, 02:37 AM   #2
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Re: diagnosed as having Eustachian tube disorder, deviated nasal septum, allergic rhi

Allergies are typically the baseline problem with Eustachian tube dysfunction, but your Dr seems to think some of your problem is related to GERD, reflux of gastric acid. The nasal spray helps the allergies which cause the Eustachian tubes to swell shut. I would also take a nondrowsy antihistamine, like fexofenadine (Allegra) or Allegra-D in addition to the spray. If you have symptoms of reflux, like heart burn at night or lying flat, you might consider ranitidine (OTC) twice daily (Zantac) as it reduces stomach acid secretion for GERD and helps the allergies too (instead of Nexium or omeprazole). The last two work for GERD but not allergies. Today marks the official start of hayfever (ragweed allergy) season, so you may have to work hard to get the ear symptoms under control.

 
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