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I flew 3 days ago with a bit of a cold, my ear is still plugged, will not pop, painful, can't hear. Need to fly again in a few days, what should I do?

I flew 3 days ago with a bit of a cold, my ear is still plugged, will not pop, painful, can't hear. Need to fly again in a few days, what should I do?

Decongest and saline: Your eustachian tube is clogged and filled with fluid. Use any 12 hour decongestant nasal spray ( 2 sprays/nostril ) every 12 hours for 3 days, then stop. You can use nasal saline spray every 3-4 hours and over then counter claritn or Allegra to dry the mucous. Advil as need for pain. ...Read more

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How does flying affect your ear health? Can flying permanently affect your ears?

How does flying affect your ear health? Can flying permanently affect your ears?

Rarely: Most commercial airplanes are able to maintain acceptable cabin pressures so permanent injury is rare unless flying with an upper respiratory infection or active ear infection. If you have no active ear problems and are able to clear your ears you should have no issue with flying. ...Read more

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What factors and behaviors affect your ear health?

What factors and behaviors affect your ear health?

Ear health: smoking, alcohol, allergies, noise exposure, frequent URIs, head trauma, barotrauma, q-tips usage (don't), frequent swimming, cold water exposure (surfing) to name a few ...Read more

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How does sudafed affect your ear health?

How does sudafed affect your ear health?

May not: Sudafed (decongestant) and anti-histamines and steroids have been shown in the literature to not affect ear health (promote drainage). There might be anecdotal instances of them helping but generally they are not effective. ...Read more

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How does rhinocort and sudafed affect your ear health?

How does rhinocort and sudafed affect your ear health?

Can help: If you have eustachian tube dysfunction (problems equalizing ear pressure) those meds can sometimes help. Sudafed is not a good medication for long term use, however, especially if you have high blood pressure or a heart problem. Discuss with your doctor or ent. Those medicines will generally not affect balance problems or hearing loss which is not due to fluid build up on the ear. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What does your ear health say about your overall health?

What does your ear health say about your overall health?

Microsystem: The ear is a microsystem that reflects the health of the rest of your body. This is why it is used for acupuncture. I put six small needles in a man's ear yesterday with 100% resolution of his shingles pain. ...Read more

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If you're off-balanced, should you check your inner ear health?

If you're off-balanced, should you check your inner ear health?

Yes: If any balance problems last more than a week or so, or if they are severe, get it checked out. Other concerning things might be associated hearing loss, ringing, and pain or drainage from the ears. You can look up some balance exercises online to help with the balance in the meantime. Your local ENT will evaluate you and likely test the hearing as well. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I can't walk a straight line. Should I check my inner ear health?

I can't walk a straight line. Should I check my inner ear health?

Imbalance & brain: Persistent inability to walk a straight line could have multiple causes, including vision changes, brain abnormalities and inner ear. Age plays a role in some balance related issues. Best to seek evaluation from your primary care provider to begin investigating if you have other symptoms and what the most likely cause is. ...Read more

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My daughter is teething and seems in good health. But she keeps rubbing her ear. Is it an earache or due to the teething.

My daughter is teething and seems in good health. But she keeps rubbing her ear. Is it an earache or due to the teething.

Common : This is very common during teething. If there are no other signs of infection such as a fever, just treat this with tylenol (acetaminophen) as you would other pains. If there is a high fever, then you should see the pediatrician. Teething can be hard for some kids, but we all get thru it. ...Read more

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