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How to Relieve Pressure in the Ears From Sinus Drainage

author image L.W. Westerfield
L.W. Westerfield is a writer, editor and blogger. Her interests include food, culture, holistic health, yoga and literature. She has written for "USA Today Magazine" and a variety of southern California newspapers. Westerfield is a certified Hatha yoga instructor and a Whole Foods Nutrition Counselor with a focus in macrobiotics and traditional Eastern healing arts.
How to Relieve Pressure in the Ears From Sinus Drainage
Sinus congestion can cause ear pressure and other discomforts.

Ear pressure and pain are common symptom of sinus congestion and drainage due to allergies or sinusitis. In order to relieve pressure in the ears, it is important to treat the underlying sinus condition with rest, hydration, decongestants and over-the-counter pain relievers. Oil or ear drops, cold packs and elevated rest postures may also help alleviate pressure in the ears.

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Natural Remedies

Step 1

Apply a cold compress, such as a cold pack or cold, drained wash cloth, to the affected ear area for 20 minutes to help reduce pain.

Step 2

Drink hydrating fluids, such as water, juice or herbal tea, to help dilute mucus and promote sinus drainage.

Step 3

Get plenty of rest, and arrange pillows to create an elevated sleeping posture in order to encourage drainage and reduce additional ear and sinus pressure.


Step 1

Take an over-the-counter nasal decongestant according to the package directions.

Step 2

Take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen or aspirin to reduce pain and inflammation.

Step 3

Apply olive oil drops or ear drops to the affected ear for gentle pain relief.

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