September/October 2010 ISSN 1059-6518 Volume 23 Number 5
By Frank Hubbell, DO
Illustrations by T.B.R. Walsh
A common complaint and general nuisance is head congestion with its accompanying stuffiness and ear fullness, brought on by allergies, hay fever, colds, sinus infections, and ear infections. Individuals frequently seek medical help because of the head pain and congestion. They are hoping that an antibiotic will cure the infection and relieve the discomfort. If the cause is a bacterial infection (which it rarely is), then an antibiotic will help over several days. But, since this is rarely the case, the antibiotics usually do not help, and the patient slowly recovers on their own.