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What if my stuffy ears make me dizzy?

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Here's how to handle that:

  • No fast movements. Don’t stand up too quickly or shake your head fast.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Down lots of water in the evening. When you stay hydrated, it keeps nasal mucus thin. That helps it drain and means less nighttime stuffiness.
  • Avoid caffeine , salt, alcohol, and tobacco products. These can affect your circulation, and minor changes in blood flow can affect your ears.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery: “Sinusitis;” “Dizziness and Motion Sickness;” and “Sinus Pain: Can Over-the-Counter Medications Help?”

Divers Alert Network: “Ears and Sinuses -- Instructions for Equalizing Ears and Sinuses.”

Harvard Medical School, Women’s Health Watch: “What to Do About Sinusitis.”

Tampa Ear, Nose, and Throat Associates: “Sinusitis.”

Lindsey, H. ENT Today, July 2009.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on August 22, 2020

SOURCES:

American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery: “Sinusitis;” “Dizziness and Motion Sickness;” and “Sinus Pain: Can Over-the-Counter Medications Help?”

Divers Alert Network: “Ears and Sinuses -- Instructions for Equalizing Ears and Sinuses.”

Harvard Medical School, Women’s Health Watch: “What to Do About Sinusitis.”

Tampa Ear, Nose, and Throat Associates: “Sinusitis.”

Lindsey, H. ENT Today, July 2009.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on August 22, 2020

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