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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

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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?

Possibly: You could experience a significant amount of pain with this. Sudafed will help. I have never seen anyone who ruptured an eardrum from this so you may want to take a few sudafed and chance it. ...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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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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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Infection (Definition)

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


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