A member asked:

Flying this wknd and my ears always have trouble if i don't chew a lot of gum. but now i have tmj and doc said no gum! any other ways to save my ears?

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Dr. Robert Douglas answered

Specializes in Orthodontics

Afrin nasal spray if not medically contraindicated will clear your sinuses and save you the discomfort of the pressure change. You may want another dose just before landing if it's a very long flight.

Answered Oct 17, 2015

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Dr. Paul Grin answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Suck on a hard candy just before take-off and during descent. If you fly frequently and have issues with pressure, consider placing small pressure equalization tubes.

Answered Oct 16, 2015

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Dr. Louis Gallia answered

Specializes in Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

Either spray or oral decongestant

Answered Oct 17, 2015

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