Find out from an ENT doctor what you can do about blocked ears in the morning and what causes this.

Ever awaken with one ear “blocked” or both of them? “Causes of blockage in the ears are wax impact in the ear canals, middle ear fluid and Eustachian tube congestion,” says Dr. Stacey Silvers, MD, of Madison ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery in NYC, who is board certified in otolaryngology.

“The Eustachian tube allows air to go from the back of the nose to the middle ear,” continues Dr. Silvers.

“When the tube is clogged or congested the ear feels blocked with occasional pressure.”

What else can cause this annoying symptom?

“Allergies or a cold are usually contributing factors,” continues Dr. Silvers.

“Flying with a bad cold can cause fluid in the ear that might not be fully felt until the morning.

“Eustachian tube congestion can be treated with Sudafed, and it can be prevented with decongestants if you have a cold or nasal congestion, or allergy medication if you have allergies.”

As the day goes on, this symptom will eventually dissipate.

An NYC expert in ear, nose and throat care, Dr. Silvers has been named among America’s Top Physicians and Surgeons in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology numerous times since 2003.
Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer. 

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