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How To Prevent Ear Pain On Airplane Trips
Will I get bad ear pain on an airplane if I have a small cold like only a stuffy nose? If yes, will chewing or yawning prevent it for sure?
Excruciating ear pain on airplanes that last the entire flight. Is there anything that i can bring to help with this?
Possible TMD /TMJD: Your pain is apparently related to pressure changes in airplane cabin. It could be 'swelling' of the tissue in the back of the tm joint. This retrodiscaltissue is loose, has a lot of blood & nerve supply. If this area is compressed because of poor jaw alignment, when it 'swells' the pressure would cause ear pain. Using little finger in ear hole feel forward while clenching to check it. Sore? ...Read more
Im taking my girls 4 and 2 on a long flight. I suffer from painful ears when landing so i'm worries about them. Any suggestions to prevent ear pain?
Crackers: I have had good luck giving my daughter something like goldfish crackers during take off and/or landing. The process of eating and swallowing helps to open up your eustachian tubes and equalizes air pressure on either side of your ear drums. Gum for those old enough (like yourself) can do the same thing. ...Read more
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 2 more doctor answers
Yes: The ear pain from sudden decrease in altitude is caused by the eardrum being pulled inward. This is because middle ear space has a pressure less the air space around your body. Chewing gum, swallowing, sipping through a straw or doing a valsalva maneuver will equalize the ear space pressure with the atmosphere. To do a valsalva pinch the nose closed, close mouth and blow so air pushes toward ear. ...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
Does taking levocetrizine b4 boarding flight prevent nausea and head ache, and the ear pain during landing?
Open tubes: Eustachian tubes close up and don't want to open. Ask a pilot for the ways they get their Eustachian tubes open - they can show you easier than tell you. What you are describing is a result of the tubes staying closed. Medication will not help, only opening the tubes work. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have been suffering from on going ear pain for over a month now. it comes with sharp pains in my head, neck and back of my ear. all on the right side. I've seen my primary doctor but he said its nothing. It prevents me from sleeping unless I take pain k
Probable muscle pull: There are a series of muscles behind the ear involved in the movement of the head. Pulling one of these muscles could easily cause the pain you describe. If that is the case there are some conservative measures you could do to make it better. There are also some pinched nerves that can cause pain in that area. To sort it out completely a little more info would help. Such as pain moving. ...Read more
Neuritic pain: Sharp stabbing pain in the ear is rarely the result of ear infection which is persistent pain associated with hearing loss. Two possible reasons could be firing off of nerves that innervate the region of the ear (trigeminal neuralgia) or the pain may be arising from structures around the ear as the jaw joint or the muscles of mastication. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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