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Can a runny nose lead to ear infections?

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I have been having my usual bouts of runny nose due to the allergy season however, I’m also now experiencing pain in my ear that I suspect may be an ear infection (due to the length of time I’ve been enduring it). Is there a link to a runny nose and ear infection?

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Hi there,

Thanks for your question.

On its own, a runny nose can be an annoyance, and the nose and sinuses can become sore from all the maintenance. Blockage of the nasal cavity can result in difficulty breathing through the nose or air pressure that causes headaches and facial pain.

If left untreated, mucus can continue to accumulate in the Eustachian tube (part of the middle ear) or throat, and many other more complicated conditions can arise. These include:

– post-nasal drip
– sinusitis
– ear infection

You can find more information about this condition in this post.

If you want a more detailed assessment, please book an appointment or call us at 832-237-7777 today!

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1 Answer

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Hi there,

Thanks for your question.

On its own, a runny nose can be an annoyance, and the nose and sinuses can become sore from all the maintenance. Blockage of the nasal cavity can result in difficulty breathing through the nose or air pressure that causes headaches and facial pain.

If left untreated, mucus can continue to accumulate in the Eustachian tube (part of the middle ear) or throat, and many other more complicated conditions can arise. These include:

– post-nasal drip
– sinusitis
– ear infection

You can find more information about this condition in this post.

If you want a more detailed assessment, please book an appointment or call us at 832-237-7777 today!