A 48-year-old female asked:
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after getting off of a plane from hawaii, my mother had ear pains. she says she can hear water dripping and has hearing problems. should she see a doc?

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Dr. Peter Lydon
38 years experience General Surgery
Middle ear fluid: This is very common after prolonged air travel. The changes in cabin pressure requires the middle ear to ventilate via the auditory tube (ear popping). If the ear does not aerate, fluid will accumulate. Use a decongestant such as sudafed and gently try and "pop" your ear. If it doesn't get better, see an ENT physician.
Answered on Jun 8, 2014
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