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Can you fly with ear infection?

Can you fly with ear infection?

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. ...Read more

Ear Infections (Definition)

There are three different types of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear. Outer ear infection (Otitis externa) affects the ear canal and the outside part of the ear. Middle ear infection (Otitis media) affects the middle ear and leads to fluid accumulation behind the ear drum. Inner ear infection (Otitis interna) is a less common inflammation of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ...Read more


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Please tell me if you can fly with a middle ear infection?

Please tell me if you can fly with a middle ear infection?

No.: There is pus in the middle ear, the eardrum is stretched tight. Pressure changes from flying may cause excruciating pain and potential rupture. Flight attendant patient told me they don't let her (nor pilots) work when they have ear or sinus infections. I caught a sinus infection on travel once, ear pain was unbearable, almost made a grown woman cry. ...Read more

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Is it safe for an adult to fly with an ear infection and blocked eustation tube?

Is it safe for an adult to fly with an ear infection and blocked eustation tube?

Have a pleasent trip: The middle ear fluid that is part of your ear infection/eustachian dysfunction will actually protect you from the regular cycle of middle ear discomfort with landing. The pressurization of the aircraft is not high enough to cause any change in the middle ear fluid or pressure therein. Of the many issues involved in today's air travel, this should be a pleasent surprise. ...Read more

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Is it unsafe to fly with an inner ear infection?

Is it unsafe to fly with an inner ear infection?

Not good idea: Sure you are talking about an inner ear infection? Anyway, not a good idea. See an ENT before considering doing so. ...Read more

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Is it true that flying with an ear infection is safe?

Is it true that flying with an ear infection is safe?

Airplanes & ears: Flying with a middle ear infection is safe, but may be uncomfortable with changes in pressure. When the middle ear space fills with fluid the pressure increases, and there is a small risk of ear drum rupture. This is not dangerous and usually heals up on its own. ...Read more

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I have severe ear infection and need to fly tomorrow, any advise?

I have severe ear infection and need to fly tomorrow, any advise?

Decongestant: See a medical doctor today, so that you can start with an anti-biotic if it is a bacterial infection. Also decongestants, like Iliadin nasal spray when you sit in the plane and decend. I would also use an anti inflammatory for the pain and inflammation. ...Read more

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Can i fly if symptoms of an inner ear infection?

Can i fly if symptoms of an inner ear infection?

Painful: You "can" but it might be very painful with the pressure changes your ears will go thru. Normally when pressure changes, your ear adjusts to it, but if you have an ear infection this system of "adjustment" is not working. Try to postpone. If you can't, at least use specialized ear plugs for air travel (not sure how effective they will be). Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it safe to fly if my child has an ear infection?

Is it safe to fly if my child has an ear infection?

Yes: It is safe, but may be uncomfortable for your child to fly with an ear infection. You may want to give pain medication such as Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen prior to take off. A dose of a decongestant nose spray may also help; as always check with your doctor before giving any medication. If possible, changing your itinerary will allow your child's ear to heal before travel. ...Read more

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I'f you have viral inner ear infection, will flying make it worse?

Yes, likely: Ear pain on descent is often a problem for people with active ear infections. Talk to your doctor about suggestions to minimize the pain. ...Read more

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I finished my zpak for an ear infection on monday. I fly to la on friday but i still feel pressure in the ear as of tuesday. Will i be ok to fly?

I finished my zpak for an ear infection on monday. I fly to la on friday but i still feel pressure in the ear as of tuesday. Will i be ok to fly?

Yes: The pressurized cabin of commercial aircraft will generally not bother most people with fluid/pressure in their middle ear.If anything, that fluid is not subject to decompression discomfort people with normal ears feel during landing.The fluid actually blocks this effect from occurring. ...Read more

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Can I fly with an otitis media ear infection?

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. ...Read more

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My 17 month old son was diagnosed with a bilateral ear infection at urgent care this afternoon. We are scheduled to fly early Saturday morning. We have the option of cancelling our flight. What do you recommend?

My 17 month old son was diagnosed with a bilateral ear infection at urgent care this afternoon. We are scheduled to fly early Saturday morning. We have the option of cancelling our flight. What do you recommend?

Not a problem: Kids with the routine middle ear infection have fluid within the middle ear instead of air. This fluid is not subject to compression by altitude change or the pressurized cabin, that would otherwise cause pain.These kids often travel better than they would without one. ...Read more

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Finished RX ciprodex optic suspension drops 4 ear infection. Ears still hurt. I'm supposed 2 fly 2 Chicago Friday. I'm hesitant 2 fly--should I b?

Finished RX ciprodex optic suspension drops 4 ear infection. Ears still hurt. I'm supposed 2 fly 2 Chicago Friday. I'm hesitant 2 fly--should I b?

Outer or middle?: If treatment was just Ciprodex, I am suspecting you had an outer ear infection. Flying would have no affect on this, good or bad, at all. On the other hand, if you had a middle ear infection that has not cleared, pressure changes could be uncomfortable during flight. Find out from doctor which you had, or get rechecked before flying. ...Read more

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I have had 3 operations for chronic ear infection, cholesteatoma, the last op 7 years ago. I have tinnitus and severe vertigo now, can I fly ?

Endymphatic fiistula: given your history and current symptoms possible sudden chane in atmospheric pressure while flying can cause acute and severe exacerbation of vertigo and sudden hearing loss. You should also check with your otologist. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with a fungal ear infection, and I need to get on a plane in 2 days. Dr. cleaned/debrided ear and pain relief was immediate, and I could hear again. 2days later I am losing hearing again and ear seems blocked. Should I fly?

I have been diagnosed with a fungal ear infection, and I need to get on a plane in 2 days.  Dr. cleaned/debrided ear and pain relief was immediate, and I could hear again.  2days later I am losing hearing again and ear seems blocked.  Should I fly?

OE, fungal OE: can relapse and might need repeat aural toilet/cleaning, most patients have followup 3-7 days after initial treatment, some are wicked with a sponge to allow medicine to get to some areas(doesn't sound like this patient was)

swelling of ear canal can restrict meds from getting to areas to work as well as hearing and worsening sx

needs followup ...Read more

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On day 9 of bad cold, and day 3 of 875 mg of amox. for ear infection after flying with said cold. Today snot turned canary yellow. Normal? Also have a sinus dip over retained babytooth- can that complicate congestion?

Continue antibiotic: Sounds like more than a typical cold - possible sinusitis or other bacterial infection with the ear infection. For now I would continue the antibiotic as prescribed and follow up with your doctor if not better by the 7th day. Make sure to get plenty of fluids and rest. Vitamin C is also helpful. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can i fly from ny to london england sick? I've had pneumonia and ear infections for several wks. Had chest xrays and medicine. Had checkup today and dr told me i still have fluid on left lung and ear infections are still there. What would happen if i sti

Can i fly from ny to london england sick? I've had pneumonia and ear infections for several wks. Had chest xrays and medicine. Had checkup today and dr told me i still have fluid on left lung and ear infections are still there.  What would happen if i sti

Intuitively, : Intuitively, this doesn't sound like a good idea. I'm assuming you are not contagious otherwise you would be putting other people at potential risk in the small confines of a plane. There would be potential issues with increasing coughing jags with dry pressurized air. On descent, pressure changes in an ear with impaired eustachian tube function could create pain and pressure in your ears and possibly sinus areas. ...Read more

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Signs of an ear infection ?

Signs of an ear infection ?

Ear Infection Signs: Ear infection symptoms include pain, hearing loss, and fever. Usually, these symptoms follow an upper respiratory infection, especially the common cold, in young children. Adults experience ear infections infrequently, but often may have ear pain. ...Read more

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What are ear infection symptoms?

What are ear infection symptoms?

OM symptoms: can be variable. Some symptoms include fullness, hearing loss, pain, ear drainage, dizziness, and fever. Treatment of ear infections is individualized, but usually consists of some form of antibiotic. Secondary medications may include decongestants, mucolytics, antiinflammatories/steroids and pain medications. ...Read more

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How do you treat a ear infection?

How do you treat a ear infection?

Depends: There are many types of ear infection requiring different strategies. The main symptom is pain and therefore painkillers are usually given. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil are the usual ones used. If it is an external ear infection ( of the ear canal) then usually antibiotic ear drops in addition suffices. In middle ear infections oral antibiotics may be required. Best judge is the examining physician. ...Read more

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How do you cure an ear infection?

How do you cure an ear infection?

Variable: First and foremost, is the diagnosis correct. If the ear drum is bulging with pus behind it, it is probably viral or bacterial in origin and may need an appropriate antibiotic for 5-10 days at most. If there is just painless fluid in the middle ear space, watchful waiting for a period of no more than 2 months. If either the fluid remains longer or if the painful ear persists, surgical drainage. ...Read more

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Does peroxide helps ear infection?

Does peroxide helps ear infection?

Decongestants: Assuming you have seen a doctor for abx, you can also use a decongestant nasal spray to help "drain" or relieve the pressure in your ears via the eustachian tube. An oral decongestant may also help. For mild pain control, over-the-counter meds will work. If you have intense fevers, severe headaches, ear drainage, a stiff neck, dizziness, or facial weakness you should see your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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What can I do for a ear infection?

What can I do for a ear infection?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Dr. James Ferguson
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Ear Infection (Definition)

Collection of purulent fluid behind tympanic membrane- many times secondary to nasal congestion/ viral uri- that can cause bulging of tympanic membrane, pain, redness or distortion of typical ...Read more