Will a decongestant help tinnitus? Well it seems there are some that state that decongestants help to relieve tinnitus and there are others who claim that decongestants can actually make tinnitus worse or cause it. But as with various recommended tinnitus treatment methods, what can help one may not work for another.
We’ll first look at how decongestants can help tinnitus. Many who become congested with a cold, flu or allergies may notice that they start to develop various symptoms of tinnitus such as ringing in the ears, buzzing and other phantom noises in the ears which can be very annoying. This is a common occurrence especially when the sinuses become congested.
In this case, will a decongestant help tinnitus? It may drive these phantom sounds away by helping to clear up the nasal passages.
Best decongestant for tinnitus
Sudafed is one of the best decongestants for clearing up the nasal passages and helping to eliminate the annoying sounds and it’s available over-the-counter. This decongestant is usually recommended for the treatment of congestion resulting from allergies and colds and if you’re hearing sounds in your ear, it can be an indirect way to treat tinnitus by dealing with the root cause (congestion).
Some people may already have tinnitus which is only made worse by congestion. In this case, decongestants may not be able to work for them very well at completely eliminating the sounds because the sounds may have a different root cause which is only worsened by congestion.
Benadryl is another of the best decongestants for tinnitus which is also available at most drugstores and other retail locations over-the-counter. Like Sudafed, it is not really a treatment for tinnitus but rather treats the one of the underlying causes of tinnitus which is congestion.
If you’re dealing with congestion related tinnitus, the best decongestant for tinnitus is probably one that will work within 24 hours to give you some much-needed relief. It’s also important to remember that when you use certain decongestants such as Benadryl you need to be aware of the side effects such as drowsiness and conduct yourself accordingly(no driving, operating heavy machinery, etc). But there are other decongestants that don’t come with side effects such as drowsiness so find one that works for you.
While there are plenty of OTC decongestants, you may also want to try natural decongestants such as eucalyptus, peppermint, pennyroyal, rosemary, tea, angelica, kola, etc, which can work to clear up congestion in the nasal passages and chest which results from colds, allergies and flu.
Can decongestants cause tinnitus?
There really isn’t much support for decongestants making tinnitus worse especially if you are dealing with tinnitus resulting from congestion so taking decongestants if you develop tinnitus should not be much of an issue unless there is something else at play with your tinnitus. There is also no evidence that it can cause tinnitus especially if you use a low dose and don’t use them for long.
Will a decongestant help with tinnitus? If you’re ringing or buzzing relates to congestion, decongestants can help to treat the underlying cause which can make the sounds go away.
For more tips on how to treat tinnitus including tinnitus resulting from other causes besides congestion using natural methods only, click here for a listing of effective natural remedies.