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Doctor insights on: How To Prevent Ear Pain On Airplane Trips

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How can you prevent back pain on an airplane?

How can you prevent back pain on an airplane?

Walk around hourly: Get up and walk around once an hour put your feet on something to raise your knees dont use the overhead compartment. ...Read more

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How can you prevent back pain on an airplane?

How can you prevent back pain on an airplane?

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 more

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How can I prevent ear pain or barotrauma when my flight lands?

How can I prevent ear pain or barotrauma when my flight lands?

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 more

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How to escape ear pain after flying?

Gum: The pressure in the cabin may cause any fluid in the ear tubes to plug them creating pain and pressure in the ear. THe best is to use decongestants if plugged up then on take off and lading chew gum it promoted swallowing and helps open the tubules ...Read more

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What muat I do to prevent ear pain on an airplane due to sinus infection?

What muat I do to prevent ear pain on an airplane  due to sinus infection?

Decongestants: You can try taking decongestants before the trip (e.g. Pseudoephedrine). I don't usually recommend nasal decongestant sprays, but they might be reasonable to take before take-off and landing. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use anesthetic ear drops in the ears to relieve pain on airplane trips?

Is it ok to use anesthetic ear drops in the ears to relieve pain on airplane trips?

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

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How to alleviate an earache after travelling to mountains by plane? I cannot take decongestants.

How to alleviate an earache after travelling to mountains by plane?  I cannot take decongestants.

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

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How should I treat my neck discomfort from sleeping on airplane upright?

How should I treat my neck discomfort from sleeping on airplane upright?

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

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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

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

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What can help relieve pain in ear and nausea from a plane ride?

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

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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?

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 more

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If I usually sleep through flights, is there anyway to prevent the problems I have with ear pain on these long flights?

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 more

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I will be sleeping on a plane for 6 hours. How can I prevent deep vein thrombosis?

I will be sleeping on a plane for 6 hours. How can I prevent deep vein thrombosis?

Stay Hydrated: I would also recommend that you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when you fly. Dehydration can increase the lieklyhood of developing a DVT when you fly. ...Read more

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How to prevent DVT on long flights/trips?

How to prevent DVT on long flights/trips?

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 more

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What can I give to my 7yr old to relieve the pain of his ears "popping" while plane is taking off & landing?

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 more

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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?

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