Fainting and pressure in the ears: Can it have serious causes?

Fainting and pressure in the ears: Can it have serious causes?
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Hearing is an important part of our perception of our surroundings. It informs us about what is happening in our surroundings. Sometimes it is disturbed. One of them is the hearing loss. It can be short-term and long-term. It can be caused by inflammation, but it can also have other causes.

Ear pinching is natural, for example, if a person has to climb a high altitude in a short time. In this case, it is the result of unbalanced pressures between the middle ear cavity and the surroundings.

As a result of a change in the pressure of the surroundings that has taken place very quickly, a problem and a sensation of lying down in the ear occurs. On the other hand, this sensation quickly passes.

A momentary ear droop can also be resolved by swallowing, yawning or chewing. The pressure between the nasopharynx and the middle ear is then equalized. The droop subsides.

Similarly, if the ear is flooded with water while bathing, a short-term and momentary earache occurs. However, if it is a longer-term condition, it may also be a symptom of a disease.

a woman cleans her ear with a cotton swab
Proper hygiene is important, but beware of damage to the eardrum. Photo source: Thinkstock photos

Some people have a genetic predisposition for increased production of ear wax. If they develop a plug, ear clogging occurs. Regular hygiene is important.

Plugging in the ear after cleaning results in improper hygiene technique. As a result of deep penetration of the cotton bud, the eardrum may be broken.

The problem is in the ear

Most often, however, ear infections are caused by inflammation in the ears themselves. Inflammation of the outer ear and inflammation of the ear canal is common. It is most often caused by a skin infection in this area, fungal, bacterial or viral.

Pain in the affected ear is also typical in this inflammation. More often, only one ear is affected, rather than both at the same time. One may also notice a discharge from the ear. In some cases, there may be a temperature, but this is not very common.

Otitis (inflammation of the middle ear) is also manifested by an increased temperature. This inflammation can be acute or chronic and the earache is prolonged. The pain is also in pulsating form.

About otitis media.

Usually, this type of inflammation is bilateral and affects both ears. Especially if it is triggered by some disease of the respiratory system. As it often happens in childhood, when it is their frequent complication.

In the summer time, there is a clogging in the ears as a result of draughts. Improper ventilation technique leads to this problem.

It can also be in allergy

Allergies can also be caused by allergies, whether they are classical allergies or hay fever. Both allergies can be accompanied by ear infections, and sometimes even inflammation develops.

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Upper respiratory tract and ear infections

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Complications in upper respiratory tract infections and rhinitis. Photo source: Thinkstock photos

Congestion of the ears is also typical of several upper respiratory tract diseases, for example, it occurs in rhinitis. It is characterized by general fatigue, increased body temperature, a full nose, as well as headache and congestion of the ears.

Rhinitis is more often caused by viruses, either adenoviruses or rhinoviruses. Irritation of the nasal mucosa is also common. Inflammation of the middle ear is also a common complication of prolonged rhinitis.

Sinusitis is not uncommon either. It is at increased risk of complicating otitis media and thus causing the symptom of hoarseness. It is often caused by inadequate treatment.

Upper respiratory tract problems in which ear infections also occur include nasopharyngitis, which is characterised by a dry cough, a full nose, increased body temperature and sore throat.

Prolonged nasopharyngitis is characteristic of the nasopharynx. The mucous membrane swells and the Eustachian tube is closed until the inflammation subsides. It can be of viral or bacterial origin and is treated symptomatically or with antibiotics.

Tubotympanic catarrh also causes a coughing in the ears. In addition, it is characterized by a feeling of pressure in the ears. The echo of one's own voice is audible, but also the presence of other sounds, for example, when coughing, chewing.

These problems are caused by a thickening of the middle ear fluid, sometimes to a gelatinous consistency, which limits the mobility of the ear bones and eardrum.

Tumour or swollen tonsils

If there is prolonged difficulty, increased attention should be paid. Especially if there are no symptoms of a cold or runny nose. A cold may be the result of a tumour in the nasopharynx.

Even an enlarged nasopharyngeal tonsil is the result of an ear infection. Many times this complication occurs in childhood.

Head spinning and low pressure as a cause

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Does the world spin with you? Do you feel a ringing in your ears? Maybe you also have low blood pressure. Photo source: Thinkstock photos

Sometimes, along with the earache, there is also vertigo. In this case, it is probably Meniere's disease, which is a disease of the inner ear.

Even a cervical spine problem in some cases will cause earache. Pain radiates to the head, ear area. Dizziness, balance disorders are also present. Same with vertigo.

Is your world spinning? Read the article on vertigo.

If you suffer from low blood pressure, you may have already experienced the sensation of dizziness, fainting, squinting before the eyes, as well as a short-term glaze in the ears. These problems are caused by the reduced blood supply to the brain that occurs with low blood pressure.

The jaw joint and its disorder is one of the many causes of lying down in the ear. In addition to it, there is also pain in the ear, aggravated by chewing, morning stiffness of the chewing muscles.

If a person has ear infections for a long period of time or if he/she feels pain in the ears, he/she should definitely see a doctor as soon as possible. An ENT doctor will provide a professional examination.

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