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A 34-year-old member asked:

Can you fly with ear infection?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Yes but wouldn't: You can fly with an ear infection but there is a significant chance that you will have severe ear pain or rupture of the ear drum on descent.
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Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 18 years experience
Not recommended: Ear infections are inflammatory processes so flying and changing pressure in flight will most likely cause a great deal of pain. It can also cause the inflammation to worse, possibly cause the ear drum to rupture or cause further local damage. If you have questions definitely see a specialist.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

Is it safe ti fly with a ear infection?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 59 years experience
Not recommended: It's not recommended because of pressure differences.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

Can I fly with an otitis media ear infection?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Yes: A middle ear space has a build up of mucous/pus/debris during infections which will usually prevent a loss of air from that space in a pressurized cabin. The fluid stays & you are not likely to be swallowing or popping your ears to balance the pressure across the ear drum as you land.Some suggest there could be more pain but i ave never found that to be the case.
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A 19-year-old female asked:

What can I do for a ear infection?

6 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Ear Infection: You can take tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen to help with pain. Take whatever oral or topical antibiotics that your provider prescribed for the recommended length of time.
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Last updated Oct 3, 2016
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