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Phlegm and clicking noises in my ear

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 30, 2011 at 10:12 PM

Today I had increased phlegm and some minor ear annoyances. It has happened many times before.

Today I noticed it happened after I ate Haagan Daaz ice cream, a regular post-workout favorite of mine. I'm unsure, so I'm going to try eating it again in a few days and see what happens.

Does anyone have any other ideas?

E76821f1019f5284761bc4c33f2bf044

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on April 07, 2012
at 07:55 PM

Follow-up: I've been wearing the retainer (inconsitently) for two months and it has revealed that I was tensing my jaw on the left (effected) side so much that my bite has shifted one tooth width to the right. The spasms are vastly reduced. Could congestion somehow = inflammation?

91451db3488201f51e85e6a69a6e0f89

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on December 01, 2011
at 08:24 PM

Hm. Sinus pressure makes sense. If I sniff really hard, my "clogged" feeling usually goes away. Really just need to ask the doc.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on December 01, 2011
at 02:47 PM

I have ear discomfort regularly as well. I always blame it on "bad sinuses" (whatever that means), a cracking jaw, and clenching my teeth.

91451db3488201f51e85e6a69a6e0f89

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on December 01, 2011
at 03:07 AM

Yeah...mine often happens after workouts too. Weird.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on December 01, 2011
at 02:06 AM

If they squeak, they're not tiny men, but rather baby mice. :)

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on December 01, 2011
at 01:14 AM

+1 for the tiny men theory!

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18260a95375da3851d742de4edba3991

on November 30, 2011
at 10:52 PM

I always notice being more phlegmy after eating dairy so I try to stay away from it.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 01, 2011
at 12:57 AM

My ears squeak sometimes, and I've always assumed the sound is coming from my jaw-joint unless there are extremely tiny men in there playing basketball. :-))

It's possible the clicking you're hearing is joint clicking too?

F074daf8ee19a4c101c533b7fdab708a

(284)

on December 01, 2011
at 01:14 AM

+1 for the tiny men theory!

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on December 01, 2011
at 02:06 AM

If they squeak, they're not tiny men, but rather baby mice. :)

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E76821f1019f5284761bc4c33f2bf044

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on December 01, 2011
at 11:48 PM

I was JUST at the orthodontist about this today! There's some combination of pressure and tension that builds up behind my ear until I get these intensely annoying spasms in my eustacian tube. I don't hear ticking or buzzing, just the sides of the ear canal banging together. Sometimes my ear just shuts - like on an airplane - while I'm minding my own business. SO DISTRACTING! No causality I can find to food, position, activity, whatever. I have previously had relief with chiropractic adjustment of my uppermost vertebrae, but they don't do that where I live now. The doc did not check my jaw for clicking (which I felt was odd) but wants an x-ray of the side of my head and suggested an expanding retainer might correct my bite so my jaw is better aligned (although she's not offering any guarantees that it will help my ear).

E76821f1019f5284761bc4c33f2bf044

(383)

on April 07, 2012
at 07:55 PM

Follow-up: I've been wearing the retainer (inconsitently) for two months and it has revealed that I was tensing my jaw on the left (effected) side so much that my bite has shifted one tooth width to the right. The spasms are vastly reduced. Could congestion somehow = inflammation?

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on December 01, 2011
at 04:41 PM

Ear clicking for me is related to sinus pressure. (It goes away with a decongestant, which is proof.) I have never noticed any correlation to what I eat but rather to seasonal allergies, but YMMV of course.

91451db3488201f51e85e6a69a6e0f89

(198)

on December 01, 2011
at 08:24 PM

Hm. Sinus pressure makes sense. If I sniff really hard, my "clogged" feeling usually goes away. Really just need to ask the doc.

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91451db3488201f51e85e6a69a6e0f89

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on December 01, 2011
at 04:14 PM

Has anyone thought about soy with this stuff?

I was taking soy-based D3 supplements for a while, and the clogging/discomfort was happening BADLY. When I cut the soy caps out, I noticed a significant drop in the clogging and discomfort.

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61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on December 01, 2011
at 02:52 PM

Did you just eat the ice cream, or did you have your workout before?

If you had your workout, it's possible moving around during your workout loosened stuff in your ear. My sinuses (ear, nose, etc.) are often clogged and exercise/movement helps clear things out.

I agree with some of the above responses about dairy contributing. If you haven't done it before, consider cutting dairy out for about a month and see if the clicking goes away.

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on December 01, 2011
at 02:09 AM

I've had it too (ear clicking), but strangely during/after heavy workouts. No dairy was consumed before/after.

91451db3488201f51e85e6a69a6e0f89

(198)

on December 01, 2011
at 03:07 AM

Yeah...mine often happens after workouts too. Weird.

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91451db3488201f51e85e6a69a6e0f89

(198)

on November 30, 2011
at 11:04 PM

I would love to hear what folks have to say about this. I have pretty significant ear discomfort regularly, and I can't figure out any 1 factors that causes it!

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on December 01, 2011
at 02:47 PM

I have ear discomfort regularly as well. I always blame it on "bad sinuses" (whatever that means), a cracking jaw, and clenching my teeth.

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on November 30, 2011
at 10:44 PM

Ear clicking is normal. Mine do it all the time. (This was also recently discussed, somebody can edit me with a link if they find it.)

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