I also suffer allergies and sinus problems. I tend to take homeopathic routes. If you can get into a routine of using a Neti pot/saline nasal cleaning aparatus every day, you will greatly reduce all of these problems. The trick is to do it every day. I have basically eliminated having to take Zyrtec in the winter months when I used to suffer chronic infections. I still have to take it in the spring because everything is covered in pollen and there is no way around it. Lou - I have suffered this kind of thing before. It usually comes about after being congested in the nasal area, not using decongestants, and continuing to play your trumpet (flying airplanes can really accelerate this problem). Basically, all of the back pressure eventually pushes the nasal discharge into your ear canals. An inner ear infection usually occurs and can even cause vertigo if it gets really bad. You need a strong decongestant and antibiotics. Like Robert said, see your doctor or visit the university health center. Those infections can be difficult to get rid of, so the sooner the better. Good luck!