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flying in 3 days, ear congested after resp bug last wk - taking allegrad, mucinex, (guaifenesin) fluticasone, azelastine. anything i can do to clear this ear before flying?

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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Nasal decongestant: You may try an OTC nasal decongestant just prior to boarding the plane. This may not solve all of your problem but would be your best bet.
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu commented
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
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I meant OTC nasal decongestant spray not the pill. Steroid and antihistamine won't do anything for a viral infection.
Aug 13, 2015
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 51 years experience
Yes, but some cost: AS you didn't state dosages, be sure you're taking maximum dosages-check with pharmacist re this. If still a problem, consider asking your physician for a brief course of corticosteroids which you will need to begin at least 24 hours before your flight. NOTE: there are some medical and psychiatric conditions for which such a treatment would be problematic--if so ,best delay your flight.

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