What treatments are available?
Most people suffering from eustachian tube dysfunction experience mild symptoms that come and go. Treatment may not even be needed.
Other people, however, have frequent, severe symptoms whose treatment will need to be overseen by a medical professional. Self-care and over-the-counter medications may be advised initially, but any deterioration of the condition must be responded to with more thorough solutions.
The following will help with most instances of eustachian tube dysfunction:
- Nasal decongestants
- Saline or steroid sprays
It is important to remember that babies with eustachian tube dysfunction symptoms can be helped by feeding them milk or giving them a dummy, both of which encourage the swallow reflex and open the tubes. Children with ongoing ETD symptoms should be taken to a doctor straight away; these warning signs can mimic, or mask, a more serious ear infection.
Also, it is advisable not to fly with eustachian tube dysfunction, given the risk of middle (and possibly inner, in severe cases) ear damage.