U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
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.
Dr. Thomas Erdmann
Family Medicine 31 years experience
I would not: Otitis media, a middle ear infection, can cause significant pain when you go up or down in an aircraft. See your doctor and have it evaluated.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Similar questions

CA
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.

Related questions

A 45-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 30-year-old male asked:
2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
A 39-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
A 40-year-old member asked:
2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Last updated Jun 19, 2021
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.