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Is Flying Safe If You Have An Ear Infection
There are three different types of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear. Outer ear infection (Otitis externa) affects the ear canal and the outside part of the ear. Middle ear infection (Otitis media) affects the middle ear and leads to fluid accumulation behind the ear drum. Inner ear infection (Otitis interna) is a less common inflammation of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ...Read more
No: Wait until the infection is resolved.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes: It is safe, but may be uncomfortable for your child to fly with an ear infection. You may want to give pain medication such as Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen prior to take off. A dose of a decongestant nose spray may also help; as always check with your doctor before giving any medication. If possible, changing your itinerary will allow your child's ear to heal before travel. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
If it is possible I have mastoiditis and I was given antibiotic ear drops for an ear infection, would that alone likely solve the problem?
No!: Even if you do smoke and have been smoking for years and trying to quit, it is much better for your immune system if you refrain from smoking during an eye infection. Studies have shown that even the equivalent of 1-2 cigarettes a day reduces the immune response to infection and makes it harder to clear the infection. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Probably: It should not have any specific effect on tattooing. ...Read more
Tattoos: The United States food and drug administration (fda) does not regulate tattoos leaving the burden of tattoo safety and regulations up to individual cities and states. Some of the risks that come with getting a tattoo are infection at the site of the tattoo, allergic reaction to the tattoo dye, the spread of disease such as HIV and hepatitis c, granulomas and keloid formation. No tattoos! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What to do if I have an ear infection that is getting worse even with ear drops. Help needed fast!?
External vs middle: The most important part of this question is whether you have an outer ear (ear canal) or middle ear (behind the eardrum) infection. Drops only work for infection in the ear canal. If you have an external ear infection that is not getting better with ear drops, you either need different drops, or you need to have debris removed from the canal. Either way, you need to see a doctor for help. ...Read more
Have a pleasent trip: The middle ear fluid that is part of your ear infection/eustachian dysfunction will actually protect you from the regular cycle of middle ear discomfort with landing. The pressurization of the aircraft is not high enough to cause any change in the middle ear fluid or pressure therein. Of the many issues involved in today's air travel, this should be a pleasent surprise. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes and no: It is ok to fly in my opinion. Some of my colleagues may disagree. The child probably will experience pain when the plane descends. In some cases the eardrum may rupture. Pus will come out which may be frightening, but the eardrum will usually heal spontaneously and quickly with no long term consequences. Chewing gum or drinking water on the descent will help equalize the pressure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Usual commercial aircraft have cabin pressures that are the same as on the ground. During takeoff and landing these pressures may change, but you can use decongestants, nose sprays, and clearing methods to keep the pressures stable. Yawning helps to open the inner ear, and chewing gum may also help. As your doctor for medication to take just before takeoff and landing to help. ...Read more
No, do NOT drive: Your thinking processes and reaction times will be much slower and "clouded". No driving or operating machinery where a lapse in judgement could prove disastrous. ...Read more
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
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