ETD can have environmental causes such as changes in elevation (driving through mountains, flying on an airplane, or hiking). Colds and severe allergies are the most common causes, and can lead to your tubes being plugged with mucus or inflamed.
This condition is usually resolved on its own with no treatment, but the treatment depends on the severity of your case.
ETD can be treated with some home remedies such as:
- Chewing gum
- Swallowing repeatedly
- Exhaling while plugging the nose and mouth
- Using a saline nasal spray
- For babies, giving them a pacifier to suck on
Along with home remedies, you can also use over the counter drugs. Allergy medicine should be able to help you, if allergies are the cause.
If ETD remains permanent, it can be treated with ear tubes and/or eustachian tube dilation using a small balloon.