If you know you have allergies, you may be familiar with some of the symptoms: the cough, the watery eyes, the itches. There are plenty of treatments out there for the classic allergy symptoms, but what if your ears start hurting? Where’d that pain come from? Is your ear infection from allergies?
Let’s look at the structure of the ear first. The outer ear is the part you can see—those things that stick out on the sides of your head and capture sound waves. The middle ear is the part that often builds up wax; it’s that tunnel leading inward. Finally, the inner ear is home to your cochlea, the tiny structure that helps you hear. It’s tucked so far away that it couldn’t be affected by your allergies, right?
Unfortunately, allergies can reach even the deepest crevices of your ears and wreak havoc. Most ear infections occur right in the middle ear. A small yet crucial passageway called the Eustachian tube runs from the middle ear over to the throat. It helps balance out the pressure between the outer and inner ear.
When you experience allergic symptoms and all those passageways become inflamed, the Eustachian tube can get blocked up with mucus and other debris that’s not draining properly. It’s 100 percent possible—and more common than you’d think—to contract an ear infection from allergies.
No matter what sort of allergy you have, whether food-based or environmental, your ears can get just as blocked up as your nasal passageways. It’s all connected, after all. Have you suddenly started experiencing any of the following alongside your usual allergic symptoms?
- Popping sensation in the ears
- Loss of hearing
- Sore throat
- Stuffy, stopped-up feeling in the ears
You may have an ear infection caused by your allergies. Allergy & ENT Associates is home to a team of empathetic, experienced doctors who know how the ear, nose, and throat affect one another. If left untreated, your ear infection can lead to permanent hearing loss and cause you lifelong discomfort. Don’t resign yourself to living with ear infections for the rest of your days. Book your appointment online or give our office a call at (713) MY-SINUS today!