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can you fly by plane (short 2 hrs flight) if you have patulous eustachian tube? could it make the problems worse?

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Dr. Anne Eglash
Family Medicine 35 years experience
May be painful: Flying can create pressure in the middle ear, the space between the ear drum and the eustachian tube. If the eustachian tube can open by yawning, swallowing, or holding your nose while blowing thru your nose, then the pressure will clear and you will be fine. If you cannot open your eustachian tube, you can develop barotrauma to your ear drum. A 2 hr flight will cause less pressure than a long one

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