A blocked ear from pressure can result from a sinus infection, the common cold or an allergic reaction. Fluid and mucus can accumulate in the ear and cause an uncomfortable pressure. Fortunately, there are techniques to quickly relieve pressure, and by relieving pressure, you’ll reduce other symptoms associated with a clogged ear such as ear pain and ringing in the ear. Stop pressure with over-the-counter remedies, or use natural methods.
- Use an over-the-counter decongestant as directed to relieve pressure. Ear congestion from mucus build-up is a common cause of ear pressure. Take a decongestant to loosen mucus and stop pressure.
- Use an antihistamine to stop allergic reactions and reduce symptoms. A reaction can prompt the production of mucus, and mucus can settle in the ears and cause pressure.
- Keep a pack of gum with you. Put a stick of gum in your mouth and chew to help pop the ears and get rid of ear pressure. Chewing helps stretch the muscles in the jaw.
- Swallow water to balance the air in your ears. Sipping on a drink or sucking on candy — sucking increases saliva production — involves swallowing, and swallowing helps open the Eustachian tubes and reduces pressure.
- Blow your nose to pop your ears. Hold your nose, and then attempt to blow air through your nose to create pressure and pop your ears.
- Use a humidifier to treat mucus in the ear. Thick mucus trapped in the ears can cause pressure, pain and decreased hearing. Turn on a humidifier to increase air moisture and gradually thin mucus in your ears.