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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

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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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?

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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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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How can I treat an adult ear infection at home?

How can I treat an adult ear infection at home?

See a doctor: These can turn to glue ear or ruptured ear drums or other things. See a doctor. ...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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How seriously does an adult have to take an ear infection? I took antibio's last time, now may be getting another one, but must I run to the dr?

Monitor: Well over half of ear infections are caused by viruses, and antibiotics would not be helpful. Even in young kids now, the recommendations are to try and wait it out. Take pain relief meds if needed, "pop" your ears or chew gum to try to equalize pressure. If pain gets severe, drainage, high fever of other concerning associated symptoms, then see doctor. But over 50-50 it will clear by itself. ...Read more

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What's symptoms of ear infection in adult?

What's symptoms of ear infection in adult?

Ear pain, discharge: Ear infections can be outer ear infections (in the ear canal) or middle ear (behind the ear drum). Outer ear infections present with ear pain (inner/outer), discharge, fullness. Middle ear infections present w/deeper ear discomfort, decreased hearing and possible drainage (if ear drum ruptured). Seeing a specialist is important to treat and make sure nothing more going on nearby that is concerning. ...Read more

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How do you treat an adult ear infection at home?

How do you treat an adult ear infection at home?

You don't: Ear infections can be of the skin of the ear canal or fluid behind the ear drum.
An infection of the ear canal requires cleaning and antibiotic ear drops.
An infection behind the ear drum requires oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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Signs of ear infection in adults differ from kids?

Signs of ear infection in adults differ from kids?

Similar: The symptoms are pretty similar. The difference is in the ability to communicate the symptoms. ...Read more

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What's most likely signs of an adult ear infection?

What's most likely signs of an adult ear infection?

Fever/pain/hearing: 1) ear pain
2) fever
3) muffled hearing
4) ear drainage. ...Read more

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What's most likely signs of an ear infection in adults?

What's most likely signs of an ear infection in adults?

Ear pain, discharge: Ear infections can be outer ear infections (in the ear canal) or middle ear (behind the ear drum). Outer ear infections present with ear pain (inner/outer), discharge, fullness. Middle ear infections present w/deeper ear discomfort, decreased hearing and possible drainage (if ear drum ruptured). Seeing a specialist is important to treat and make sure nothing more going on nearby that is concerning. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of a ear infection in adults?

What are the common symptoms of a ear infection in adults?

Hearing lost: The most common symptoms of adult middle ear infection is hearing lost in the affected ear. ...Read more

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How long should an adult wait to get an ear infection looked at?

How long should an adult wait to get an ear infection looked at?

SOON AS SYMPTOMATIC: As soon as you have symptoms like pain, drainage, fever and associated symptoms like cough, hedace and fever. ...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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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 have had 3 ear infections in 4 months, what would cause an adult to get so many so quickly?

I have had 3 ear infections in 4 months, what would cause an adult to get so many so quickly?

Water.: Getting the ear wet, the pool, the beach, or exposure to people that have ear infections can cause the back to back infections. Failure to adequately respond to the treatment the first time may have triggered, 2nd, 3rd. See your PCP you might be referred to an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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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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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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Any signs and symptoms of an ear infection in adults?

Any signs and symptoms of an ear infection in adults?

Ear infection: Depends on what part of the ear is infected. Usually fullness and pressure type pain. At times pulsating. The tympanic membrane is dull or irritated and may be bulging. Hearing is reduced and there may be dizzyness. May or may not be fever. ...Read more

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When will hearing resume after ear infection in adults?

Rule of thumb: 70% resolve fluid behind the eardrum within 30 days, 80% within 60, and 90% within 90 days. As the main reason behind hearing loss with ear infection is fluid behind the eardrum, use this as a guide. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get over an ear infection in adults?

5-7 days: Ear infections in adults typically take at least 48-72 hours to start to feel better. Ear infections in adults, are usually secondary to some other illness. Therefore your body needs to heal up from that inciting illness. ...Read more

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And difference in signs and symptoms of ear infection in adults?

Discomfort, drainage: Ear infections can be outer ear infections (in the ear canal) or middle ear (behind the ear drum). Outer ear infections present with ear pain (inner/outer), discharge, fullness. Middle ear infections present w/deeper ear discomfort, decreased hearing and possible drainage (if ear drum ruptured). Seeing a specialist is important to treat and make sure nothing more going on nearby that is concerning. ...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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I've had an ear infection for two weeks, I do have hidrandenitis suppurativa how can I get rid of it as an adult? Inside of ear is highly swollen?

Need to see an ENT: You need to have your ear closely examined by an ENT doctor to determine what's actually going on with your ear canal skin. As a general rule hopefully you are not using q-tips or any other measures to clean your ear as these only irritate your canal skin causing problems. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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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