A 49-year-old female asked:
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i have been sick all week. sore throat, intense sinus/head congestion. fever is gone but congestion isn't. is it ok for me to fly tomorrow?

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Dr. Malina Milan
29 years experience Internal Medicine
Upper respiratory : Infections are usually viral and resolve on their own. You should be able to fly , you can try taking a decongestant and some tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen prior to your flight to relieve some of the discomfort. Keep well hydrated. Have a safe trip!
Answered on Dec 22, 2014
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Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
Not really.: If you have persistent nasal congestion, this could block your eustachian tube, and cause pain or even rupture of ear drum when cabin pressure changes. This is because blockage prevents equalization of air pressure between the two sides of eardrum. You will be taking a big chance if you fly while you have congestion.
Answered on Feb 22, 2014
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Dr. David Kam
Dr. David Kam answered
35 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
May be: Facial pain while flying with nasal congestion can happen. I suggest you take decongestant spray or pill prior to take off.
Answered on Oct 23, 2017
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