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How To Prevent Ear Pain On Airplane Trips
Back pain and flight: Prolonged sitting leads to increased pressure within the disc (even more so if someone is sloucing - which is what happens in an airplane seat). Someone with a partially damaged disc can have increased back pain. Another reason is muscle stiffness which can happen in any position if it is prolonged, in a back pain patient these muscles are usually painful to start with and can become more painful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Earache on flight: Having a cold , respiratory infection or ear infection predisposes to barotrauma or ear pain which occurs mostly when flight is descending. Sucking sweets and not sleeping during descent is one of the ways. Doing valsalva which is pinching nose and trying to breathe through closed mouth is another way, you would hear your ear pop . Antihistamines and nasal decongestants can also be tried. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Proper lumbar: Support and walking around occasionally.Get a more detailed answer ›
Not advised: Pain with flying usually comes from problems with the eustachian tube. This works to keep the air pressure under the eardrum equal to the outside pressure. It is better to do things to constantly equalize your ears by frequent swallowing, chewing gum and constantly clearing your ears. Decongestant medicines may also help. ...Read more
Have CRPS. About to take long road trip and cannot handle vibration in car. What can I do to help ease the pain while riding in the car?
Difficult: This is difficult - perhaps extra cushioning around you and frequent breaks. ...Read more
Swallowing: The act of swallowing contracts the muscles in your eustachian tube, which is how you equalize pressure in your ears. Doing this while your ears progressively plug up while flying helps prevent it. The other is to pinch your nose and swallow, which will also not only open your eustachian tube but give positive pressure of air into your middle ear. ...Read more
Medical evaluation: See a well trained physician who specializes in spinal disorders. If the problem is minor, you may get relief from simple chiropractic adjustments. If not, other appropriate treatments will be recommended. ...Read more
Will flying on a plane hurt sacroilliac fracture and tro hip bursitis? Also suffer with DVT will flying make it worse and what can I do to help easeit
Yes: For sacroiliac fracture, depends on the completeness of healing. For bursitis, the travel probably exacerbates rather than causes it. Therefore, preventative treatment of the bursitis would likely solve that problem. With respect to dvt, support hose and getting up and walking up and down the aisles every 30 minutes would help. Medication should also be explored to reduce the risk. ...Read more
OTC meds: For over the counter treatments try advil (ibuprofen) or alleve with dramamine or bonine. Give it a day or two and hopefully you will feel fine. If not you should see an ENT doctor. From your brief description it doesn't sound as if your symptoms are that severe. If you do consider them to be "severe" then see an ENT sooner. ...Read more
Will flying on a plane hurt sacroilliac fracture and tro hip bursitis? Also suffer DVT will this effect flying with fracture what can I do to ease it?
Maybe: First get clearance from your doctor. Ask airline for help getting on plane with wheelchair. Fly first class for more leg room. Take appropriate cushions/pillows for comfort. Take your anticoagulation treatment for the dvt, and wear at least 20-30 mm hg thigh length compression hose. Take your analgesic med prior flying. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If I usually sleep through flights, is there anyway to prevent the problems I have with ear pain on these long flights?
Awaken for landing: The ear issue on flights occurs when the pressurized plane begins to descend to ground level. Air was pushed out of your middle ear space at high altitude balancing the altitude change on your system. As you return to ground level, you need to be awake to yawn, chew gum or otherwise straighten your eustacian tube so air can re-enter your middle ear & equalize the changing pressure.Pain should stop. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can I avoid ear popping during travel (planes)? May I place cotton balls in my baby's ear to avoid ear popping?
No: This is not the answer.Get a more detailed answer ›
Aspirin and Walking: If you do not have a reason you cannot take aspirin, an Aspirin prior to the trip might help, though has to be weighed against your risk of DVT vs. Bleeding. If you are in a car, take a break every hour or so to get out and walk around for a few minutes. In a plane, at least stretch your legs and flex your calfs a few times an hour. Compression stockings (15-30 mm hg pressure) also help. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
What can I give to my 7yr old to relieve the pain of his ears "popping" while plane is taking off & landing?
Sugar-free gum: Chewing gum, preferably sugar-free gum with the sweetener xylitol, can help equalize the pressure in his ears. Eating or drinking in general can help as well. If he is at all congested, you might also consider a decongestant. Finally, there's always the old standby, tylenol (acetaminophen). Safe travels! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Perforated ear 2 days ago from middle ear infection. How long til it heals? Work in a nursery so any tips to stop load noises and pain in work?
Varies: A perforation during an infection often seals up as the infection heals, but may linger.It is more likely to persist if it is large or in an adult. A followup visit with your doc after completion of treatment is important. ...Read more
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