If you have seasonal allergy problems, then you likely feel a variety of different symptoms when pollen floats through the air. Some of these allergy symptoms can be reduced by an allergist with the use of medication and allergy shots. Some symptoms are difficult to control though, and this includes nasal congestion and the swelling of the sinus cavities. Sinus inflammation can lead to pressure and a feeling of fullness in the ears. This can be painful and you may feel lightheaded or dizzy. You can reduce this pressure naturally though, so follow the tips below.
When you breathe in allergens through the nose, your body identifies the pollen as an intruder that needs to be eradicated. White blood cells surge to the nose and the nasal cavities where the pollen has entered the body, and the tissues in the area become inflamed.
The eustachian tubes in your ears are attached to the sinuses and the back of the throat. Unfortunately, this means that inflammation can travel to the sinuses, to these canals, and into your ears. As the inflammation progresses, bacteria can become trapped in the sinuses and in the ears. Swelling can then increase as your body responds to the bacteria activity and the presence of pollen.
Use Tea Tree Oil
You can help reduce discomfort in your ears by killing some of the bacteria that has become trapped within them. Tea tree oil can help you with this, and the substance can reduce pain and swelling as well. Tea tree oil is quite strong and potent when purchased as an essential oil though, so you must dilute the material before using it on your ears. Olive oil is a safe diluting agent, and the oil can also help to break up compacted wax within your ears that may be adding to the discomfort.
Mix about one tablespoon of olive oil with five drops of tea tree oil in a small dish. Collect some of the mixture with a dropper afterwards and tip your head to the left. Place five to seven drops of the fluid within your ear and keep your head tilted for 10 or 15 minutes. Place a clean cloth against your ear afterwards and tilt it to the right. This will allow the oily fluid, wax, and bacteria to release from your ear. Repeat the process on your other ear and complete the treatment once a day until pressure and pain reduces.
Clear Your Sinuses
Another good way to reduce the pressure in your ears is to rinse your sinuses to release the mucus that has compacted within the cavities. This mucus can cause pressure within the ears and it can prevent the eustachian tubes from properly releasing fluids that have accumulated within them. A neti pot can be used successfully to release thick and compacted mucus from the sinuses.
You can find one of these pots at your local pharmacy. When you purchase the pot, also buy some table salt and baking soda. Salt can be used within the rinse to thin mucus and draw fluids from the sinus tissues. Releasing fluids helps to reduce inflammation and pressure. The baking soda soothes the nasal and sinus passages because the salt can cause a stinging sensation.
Once you have the neti pot, place two teaspoons of salt and one tablespoon of baking soda in the device. Fill the pot with warm distilled water and tilt your head over your sink. Force the fluid from the pot through each of your nostrils.
Open Up Your Ears
Once you use your neti pot, you may hear a popping sound in your ears that indicates that the eustachian tubes have cleared or opened up. If this does not happen, then pinch your nose gently across the nostrils, take a deep breath, and exhale against your closed nose. The pressure should open the tubes.
If for some reason you still feel pressure in your ears, then consider chewing a piece of gum. Chewing gum helps your mouth produce saliva and this causes you to swallow more than usual. The act of swallowing forces the eustachian tubes to open to regulate pressure within the ears.
If you have allergies, then you likely experience a wide range of bothersome symptoms. Ear pressure and pain may be one of them. If the pressure bothers you a great deal, then use the two natural methods above to help reduce your discomfort.