Cold, flu and blocked ears

Colds, plugged ears, earaches and other hearing problems

What does it mean when the outside temperature drops yet the body’s temperature rise? When flu symptoms start to creep in, it is best not to turn a deaf ear. Exposure to severe weather and high winds can lead to constant stress on the auditory system. All it takes is a oversight to end up with a cold and plugged ears.

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Blocked and plugged ears due to a cold

In the case of a respiratory tract infection, a flu or the sniffles, the most common symptomps are colds and plugged ears. Colds are an inflammatory condition that stimulates mucus production in the nasal cavities. This condition causes an increase in pressure in the Eustachian tube, the canal that connects the middle ear to the nasopharynx, and triggers the sensation of gradual ear congestion.

What are the remedies?

Clogged ears and colds are as common as they are bothersome, which is why it is important to combat the symptoms as soon as possible. However, it is equally important to identify the nature of the inflammation in order to target the problem, with specific anti-inflammatory or antibiotic agents. If the auricular pain persists or is accompanied by febrile episodes, it is best to see a physician for a thorough consultation.

Ear pain and otitis due to a cold

Severe weather and sudden gusts of wind may trigger inflammatory symptoms such as colds and earaches. Pain in the middle ear is often due to inflammation of the nasal cavities and increased pressure in the middle ear. However, over time this condition can cause redness and swelling of the affected area and result in increased body temperature. These are all symptoms that lead back to otitis: a viral or bacterial ear infection that occurs as a complication to many flu-like illnesses.

When to see a doctor?

In the case of a cold, persistent earaches or otitis, an auricular examination is recommended for a more accurate evaluation of the tympanic membrane and the middle ear. Only by doing so can the physician identify the correct treatment to target the identified pathology. Nevertheless, there are simpler remedies that can be taken to treat and even prevent otitis, such as nasal washes with physiological solutions.
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Colds and tinnitus

Continous exposure to cold temperatures, wind and humidity are all contributing factors to onset inflammatory and flu-like episodes. Colds and tinnitus are a prime example of how symptoms are a concatenation of triggers. In this case, the overproduction of earwax, due to the ear’s inflammatory state, creates the partial occlusion of the ear canal and the persistence of a subconscious noise in the absence of a real acoustic stimulus. This sensation is often accompanied by the echoing of one's own voice.

Colds and temporary hearing loss

Seasonal colds can trigger an ear inflammation that can onset permanent or temporary permanent hearing loss, a hearing complication that manifests as the gradual loss of the ability to distinguish sounds and words. There are several types of temporary hearing impairments, including sensorineural hearing loss or perceptual hearing loss, which is distinguished by direct impairment of the auditory nerve and subsequent word processing and comprehension.

Colds and labyrinthitis

How much do the flu and temporary imbalance have in common? Let's find out the correlation between seasonal symptoms, labyrinthitis and a cold. Labyrinthitis is an inflammation of the labyrinth, a specific section of the inner ear, which mainly results in dizziness. The winter season and cooler temperatures increase the risk of contracting colds and flus as well as the possibility of the inflammation of the section of the ear designated to hearing and motor skills. This creates disorientation, confusion and often tinnitus, or the perception of sound in the absence of external stimuli.

Children vs. adults: frequency changes

More so than adults, children are more likely to contract seasonal diseases. Not only due external stimuli, but also due to the anatomical conformation of their organs, which are still developing. This is the case with the classic cold and earache. The eustachian tubes, responsible for draining secretions from the nasal cavity, are narrower and shorter in children. For this reason, obstruction and subsequent bacterial or viral overgrowth arises sooner.

Colds and itchy ears

One of the most common side effects of a seasonal flu is the onset of cold and itchy ears. The correlation between these two manifestations is the stagnation of mucus in the affected area, which results from nasal congestion. This compelling need to scratch the outer or inner ear can foster bacterial or viral contamination in the area and lead to otitis.

Bleeding from the ears during a cold

Even the most classic flu, if not treated properly, can lead to complications such as ear bleeding. There are a variety of causes, from the formation of small sores inside the ear canal, to increased sensitivity due to the inflammation of the tissue, and even a change in pressure.

Water & fluids in the ear during a cold

An inflammatory condition that persists can lead to the presence of fluid in the ears during a cold or flu. The fluid may be watery or purulent in nature, depending on the nature of the condition. When it is watery, it is generally an external agent becomes trapped in the ear canal and contributes to the inflammatory process. However, if it is a purulent fluid, there is likely and ongoing infectious condition in the middle or outer ear.

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