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Can You Fly With An Ear Infection
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
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
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
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
Could be a problem: Really need to see an ENT to help understand this issue. ...Read more
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
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
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
Vertigo: Flying may aggravate your pre-existing vertigo. Ideally you should cancel your trip. ...Read more
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
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?
Will flying badly aggravate my vertigo from inner ear infection is it safe? Will i be ok have to go back home alone with 4 year old daughter.
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
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
Can I fly with an outer ear infection ? Currently I have some mild discomfort and a swollen lymph node behind my ear.
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
Sinus like pain in my nose and face, plus outer ear infection 4 which I'm taking medrol (methylprednisolone). I'm supposed 2 fly 2 Chicago 2m. Ok 2 go?
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
I am experiencing ear ache sometimes clicking. I clench my jaw and grind my teeth. I checked with the doctor and it's not an ear infection. Lately when I drink i feel it in my ear. I have to fly for work. What is it and it's safe to fly?
Joint dysfunction: Possibly Tempro-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction. If so, it's safe to fly. See your Dentist for TMJ evaluation now that ear involvement has been ruled out. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
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