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How effective is pseudoephedrine in fixing ear pressure blockage during flights?

How effective is pseudoephedrine in fixing ear pressure blockage during flights?

It may work: It may work.. It just takes a while and you may not need it:try performing a valsalva maneuver - pinch your nose and gently "blow" air out of your nose while at the same time bearing down like you are lifting something. This will force air up your eustachian tube and expand the middle ear and prevent traction on the ear drum which is what causes the pain and fullness during descent. ...Read more

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Ear Pressure (Definition)

Pressure in the middle ear is ideally equal to environmental pressure. It is corrected by the eustachian tube, which connects from the middle ear to the back of nose. The popping that occurs when one goes in an airplane is the eustachian tube opening to equalize ear pressure. When pressures differ, the ear drum can be sucked in or bulge out. With this fluid can accumulate ...Read more


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Deeply clogged sinuses, left ear pressure for 5 days. Used OTC sudafed and mucinex (guaifenesin) and Afrin, nothing is loosening mucous, no fever no swelling?

Deeply clogged sinuses, left ear pressure for 5 days. Used OTC sudafed and mucinex (guaifenesin) and Afrin, nothing is loosening mucous, no fever no swelling?

Tincture of time: Tincture of time. Use a humidifier or vaporizer. Take long showers or -- very carefully -- breathe in steam from a pot on the stove. Drink lots of fluids, which will thin out your mucus and may help prevent your sinuses from getting blocked up. Use a nasal saline spray – simple unmedicated salt water – to help prevent your nasal passages from drying out. ...Read more

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If you have ear pressure after a flight and it stayed for a day what should you do?

A few things: You can try using oxymetazoline nose spray for 1-2 days to decongest the eustachian tube. Try also pinching your nose and blowing (bearing down) to try to pop your ears. It should go away over time, but you should see a doctor if it hurts, or hearing worsens. ...Read more

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Will chewing gum always help with ear pressure in long flights or is there a better non-medication method?

Will chewing gum always help with ear pressure in long flights or is there a better non-medication method?

Valsalva: Try performing a valsalva maneuver - pinch your nose and gently "blow" air out of your nose while at the same time bearing down like you are lifting something. This will force air up your eustachian tube and expand the middle ear and prevent traction on the ear drum which is what causes the pain and fullness during descent. ...Read more

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Ear pressure. Doc sees nothing, tymp is normal. Pressure is only in one ear and is slightly better, only bad during cold/allergies. Should I get tube?

Ear pressure. Doc sees nothing, tymp is normal. Pressure is only in one ear and is slightly better, only bad during cold/allergies. Should I get tube?

I probably wouldn't: It sounds like your symptoms are fairly mild. I would focus more on treating your allergies, and then use a decongestant if you have a cold as long as your blood pressure isn't elevated. If your tympanogram is normal andyour symptoms are getting better I would hold off on an ear tube. ...Read more

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Interm Swollen left tonsil. Ear pressure interm large subman node. Goes up and dwn during day. No other sx. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) helps. Haps few x's/yr. Ideas?

Interm Swollen left tonsil. Ear pressure interm large subman node. Goes up and dwn during day. No other sx. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) helps. Haps few x's/yr. Ideas?

Tonsillitis: Sounds like a chronic inflammation of the tonsil that leeds to infection in the surrounding tissues. May need to have tonsils taken out if it is a recurrent problem. Lymph node may need to be biopsied if it is significantly enlarged and not regressing. ...Read more

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Ear pain and pressure, still on antibiotics and just finished 5 days being on sudafed, but ear pressure remains, anything else i could try?

Ear pain and pressure, still on antibiotics and just finished 5 days being on sudafed,  but ear pressure remains, anything else i could try?

Allergy?: If you have any allergy history at all, or have sneezing, itchy eyes, consider adding an antihistamine such as loratidine or zyrtec. Most allergic people respond even better to nasal steroid sprays. Also singulair (montelukast) (rx) can help if you have allergies. ...Read more

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What are some good ways to fix ear pressure build up when changing altitude quickly, like in an airplane?

What are some good ways to fix ear pressure build up when changing altitude quickly, like in an airplane?

Try this: -treat any congestion beforehand. If you're feeling "stuffy" before flying, use nasal decongestant or antihistamine before boarding -yawn widely -swallow. Chew gum, suck on hard candy, sip a drink. -try valsalva maneuver: hold nostrils closed w/ your fingers, close your mouth & blow softly. Be gentle. Persistent pain or pressure lasting beyond 1-2 days? Get seen. ...Read more

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How to get fix a retracted ear drum. Sinus congestion one month, constant postnasal drip ear pressure got severe two weeks ago with loss of hearing?

Sinus Issue: Many of my patients have problems with their ear (retracted ear drum) due to their problems with their sinuses. I have been able to help alot of patients by treating their sinus issues appropriately. Also, some physicians are now dilating the eustachian tube (relatively new procedure - not fda approved) which can help in refractory cases. ...Read more

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How can I even out ear pressure without it hurting?

How can I even out ear pressure without it hurting?

ETD: It sounds like you are having trouble equalizing the pressure in your middle ear. This often creates a fullness, like you want to pop or clear your ears. It is called eustachian tube dysfunction (etd). Decongestant either sprayed into the nose or taken orally can alleviate this problem. Sometimes your doctor needs to examine this and treat with other rx if no success with otc rx. ...Read more

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Pseudoephedrine (Definition)

Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more