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A 44-year-old member asked:

Can i fly with an otitis media ear infection?

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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.

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Can you fly with ear infection?

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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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