“Can allergies cause ear pain?” Yes. They can. In fact, most people don’t know this, but the ears can be severely affected when you have allergies as well.
Allergies and Ear Pain
Individuals who are prone to allergies have hypersensitive immune systems that respond to being exposed to allergens by sending histamine-releasing antibodies fight off these foreign, but often harmless, substances.
One of the body’s defense mechanisms against allergens, histamines can have a number of side effects. This includes redness, itching, increased production of mucus, and in rare cases, swelling in certain parts of the human body.
So, how does this affect your ears?
Our ears aren’t just a single body part. Instead, it’s split into three parts: the outer, middle, and inner ear.
Allergic reactions can affect your outer ear, causing it to swell or, in worse cases, itch uncontrollably. But, that’s not all. The middle ear also contains what essentially acts as a drain that sometimes can get clogged with mucus when you have a stuffy nose. The more pressure there is, the more likely you’ll experience a kind of popping sensation in the ears, or pain. In some cases, the middle ear may also experience some itching. Finally, the inner ear is full if liquid. If infected, you can feel whoozy and unable to maintain your balance for prolonged periods of time.
In very rare cases, people report experience short-term hearing loss because of their allergies. This is usually not a cause of concern. This hearing loss typically subsides once the allergies get better.
Children are the most prone to experiencing infections in the middle ear that’s typically associated with allergies. This is known as otitis media.
What Can You Can Do About Allergy-Induced Ear Pain
There are many things that you can do about allergy-induced ear pain, but the most important thing to do is to take over-the-counter allergy medications.
Antihistamines help take care of most symptoms associated with allergic reactions. This includes a clogged nose, a sore throat, and yes, even ear pain. Paired with decongestants, your ear pain should feel better almost immediately.
You may also resort to other treatments for your allergy-induced ear pain. This includes using a warm compress or taking pain medication to help minimize the pain. But, for better relief, it’s better to consult your doctor, who might prescribe you with stronger medication or prescription eardrops. In worse cases, such as when you already have an infection, you’ll need to take an antibiotic.
Pain in the ear very rarely lasts for more than a few weeks. If the pain doesn’t subside even after initial treatment, or becomes too painful, you may want to consult a specialist as soon as possible.
While extremely rare, it is possible that your lack of balance and dizziness is not caused by a simple allergic reaction, but instead, is related to a disorder of the inner ear known as Meniere’s disease.