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Doctor insights on: Ear Blocked At High Altitudes

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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High Altitude (Definition)

As one ascends through the atmosphere, every breath contains fewer molecules of oxygen. One must work harder to obtain oxygen, by breathing faster and deeper. The % of oxygen in the atmosphere at sea level is 21%. As altitude increases, the % remains the same but the number of oxygen molecules per breath is reduced. At 12, 000 feet 40% fewer oxygen molecules per breath. Your ...Read more


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I usually workout for 50 mins. But at the end my ears react as if like low pressure.. Same when we climb to a high altitude.. Whts wrong..

I usually workout for 50 mins. But at the end my ears react as if like low pressure.. Same when we climb to a high altitude.. Whts wrong..

Dehydration?: You may be becoming dehydrated, and because of this change the dynamics of the eustacian tubes which run from the middle ear to the back of throat, causing a pressure sensation in the middle ear. If this continues try drinking lots of liquid during the workout and see if it makes a difference. If not, see an ENT doctor. Good luck, hope you get this resolved. ...Read more

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Why can't i hear out of my left ear correctly when going to high altitudes?

Why can't i hear out of my left ear correctly when going to high altitudes?

The: Lower atmospheric pressure may be affecting tympanic membrane movement. Audiologist may be able to help. ...Read more

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I can't hear out of my left ear. It started after i went from high altitude to low altitude and it never popped on the way back to high altitude.

See an ENT doctor: Your complaint is common but unless you have an infection or underlying condition it is usually self limited. Your doctor can teach you how to "clear" your ears by releasing pressure through the eustachian tubes like scuba divers are required to do. If you have an otitis you will need treatment and an ENT is the expert you should seek. ...Read more

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Child with ear infection can go up high altitudes?

Child with ear infection can go up high altitudes?

Yes: Sometimes the altitude change is not felt as much when there is fluid behind the eardrum, such as when an ear is infected. Sometimes it is more painful. Give pain medication and treat the infection as directed. ...Read more

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Ears feel like i'm at a high altitude like the clogged feeling u get when flying! throat feels swollen, thick feeling when swallowing!?

Ears feel like  i'm at a high altitude like the clogged feeling u get when flying! throat feels swollen, thick feeling when swallowing!?

Blocked tube: The eustachian tubes allow air to travel from the throat to the inside of the ear drum to keep the pressure same on both sides of the ear drum. When you have swelling or secretions in your throat, the opening can get plugged and the pressure can't equalize. Sometimes treating the sore throat or nasal congestion will open it, try yawning, swallowing or blowing your nose with your nostrils pinched. ...Read more

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Ear infection, sore throat, high altitude sickness?

Ear infection, sore throat, high altitude sickness?

Question?: The infections are typically treated with antibiotics if bacterial. The altitude sickness is best treated with hydration and rest, if it is mild. If it more severe, go to an emergency room. ...Read more

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Why is it harder to breathe at high altitudes?

Why is it harder to breathe at high altitudes?

Altitude: the higher you go the less oxygen is in the air the more you have to work to get enough oxygen to keep you going ...Read more

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Is high altitude bad for aortic aneurysms?

Is high altitude bad for aortic aneurysms?

Depends: This is a difficult one to answer. The changes that may occur at high altitude, such as relatively less oxygen may lead to increased heart rates, especially with exertion, and that is an undesirable effect. However, more details are needed: location of the aneurysm? Size and the etiology of the aneurysm?M how far above sea level is your location? What would be a rate of ascent? ...Read more

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Why do red blood cells increase in high altitude?

Why do red blood cells increase in high altitude?

RBC at high altitude: Becauyse the air is thinner at higher altitude and it has lower oxzygen your body comensates by carrying oxygen in more rbc so the body needs are met. ...Read more

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Is it safe to travel to a high altitude while pregnant?

Is it safe to travel to a high altitude while pregnant?

Yes: There are millions of people who live in high altitude areas of the world who are pregnant and do just fine. If you are not used to it you may be more prone to altitude sickness and feeling of shortness of breath though. For prolonged sitting during travel make sure you get up and walk every few hours to prevent blood clots. Support stockings on your feet prevent some swelling too. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous for me to vacation at high altitude during pregnancy?

Is it dangerous for me to vacation at high altitude during pregnancy?

What height?: Absolute numbers are uncertain as studies are small. It is actually the altitude a pregnant woman sleeps at which may be most important--certainly below 10, 000 feet, ; some say 8, 000 feet--may be safest for visiting pregnant tourists. Slow ascents are best. If the pregnancy has any complications or concerns at sea level, altitude plans should be discussed first with health provider. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous for me to vacation at high altitude during pregnancy?

Ask your OB: If you are not from a high altitude place it would be better not to vaca at a high altitude place. ...Read more

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Holiday at high altitude (7, 000 to 8, 000 ft). What effect will this have on my sleep apnea?

Holiday at high altitude  (7, 000 to 8, 000 ft). What effect will this have on my sleep apnea?

Not a problem: Assuming your general health is good enough to permit higher altitudes, just use your CPAP machine as usual. It will work as it always does. Of course, you will have less oxygen in the ambient air, but it will continue to do it's job. If you don't have a cpap, get one, or if intolerant of its use, see your dentist about having an oral appliance made as an alternative. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with polycythemia vera without mutation in JAK2. What else might be the cause? Do not smoke and do not live in high altitude.

Diagnosed with polycythemia vera without mutation in JAK2. What else might be the cause? Do not smoke and do not live in high altitude.

Interesting question: Do you have polycythemia rubra vera or polycythemia which is assosciated with stress? Have you had a bone marrow examination. Do you have an hemoglobinopathy? Glad you do not smoke and glad you do not live in high altitudes, because these increase blood counts. Are you an athlete. Do you have any hormonal questions too much testosterone? Please see an hematologist to clarify. ...Read more