It's that time of the year where weather is fluctuating, and your body pays the price. You get the cold, and all of a sudden it feels like you're underwater - what do you do?


Don't worry, you are definitely not the first one to experience this one. In fact, it's quite common to experience the feeling of your ears being clogged while you have a cold. It might not even be that your ears are clogged, because sinus congestion can mimic ear congestion. It's called Sinusitis.

So the question is, what can you do about this? We found four easy at home tips that might ease your pain - or clog - just a little bit.

  1. Do a gentle Valsalva maneuver - or in other words hold your breath, plug your nose and blow. Don't do it too hard though, or you could hurt your ears. This might be enough pressure to relieve some of the fluid in your ears.
  2. Swallow or chew. This helps people with their ears popping on air planes, and may provide the same relief for you. So get a big glass of water, or some gum and start your procedure.
  3. Use a warm washcloth or heating pad and hold it on the side of your ear. The heat could loosen things up a bit.
  4. Nasal Decongestants. Because it might actually be in your sinuses, these could work for you. WikiHow recommends that you do this for a few days to see if you get any results.