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Is it safe to fly if I have an inner ear problem?

Is it safe to fly if I have an inner ear problem?

Flight: It is not unsafe to fly, but the changes in pressures during a flight may exacerbate your underlying problem -- check with your doctor before your flight. ...Read more

Ear Infections (Definition)

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


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Is showering when you have an ear infection okay?

Is showering when you have an ear infection okay?

Yes: With an inner or middle ear infection showering has no direct impact. If you have swimmers ear it would be good to avoid lots of water in the outer ear .Simply avoid showering directed into the ear or place cotton in the outer canal to deflect it. ...Read more

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Is it safe to fly if my child has an ear infection?

Is it safe to fly if my child has an ear infection?

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 more

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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?

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: True mastoiditis is an urgent problem usually requiring hospital care and IV antibiotics. I doubt anyone would send you out with ear drops if this were the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is it normal when you have an ear infection for is to drain?

Is it normal when you have an ear infection for is to drain?

Otitis media: Perforation of the tympanic membrane (eardrum) can occur with middle ear infection. This is not uncommon, and once the infection has been treated the perforation will usually heal over. ...Read more

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Is it okay to smoke if you have an eye infection?

Is it okay to smoke if you have an eye infection?

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 more

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Is it unsafe to fly with an inner ear infection?

Not good idea: Sure you are talking about an inner ear infection? Anyway, not a good idea. See an ENT before considering doing so. ...Read more

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If you have an ear infection, can you get a tattoo still?

Probably: It should not have any specific effect on tattooing. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get a tattoo with an ear infection?

Is it safe to get a tattoo with an ear infection?

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 more

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Is it safe to fly with an eye infection?

Is it safe to fly with an eye infection?

Yes, but!: Flying will not affect an eye infection. However, if you have bacterial pink eye, you are very contagious. If the infection is bacterial, it should be treated soon, as it can become troublesome. Please seek professional evaluation. ...Read more

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What to do if I have an ear infection that is getting worse even with ear drops. Help needed fast!?

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

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What side should you sleep if you have an ear infection?

It does not matter: Sleep on the side that is most comfortable for you. ...Read more

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Is it safe for an adult to fly with an ear infection and blocked eustation tube?

Is it safe for an adult to fly with an ear infection and blocked eustation tube?

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 more

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Infection both ears. Is it ok for a child to fly commercial if already on antibiotics?

Infection both ears. Is it ok for a child to fly commercial if already on antibiotics?

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 more

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I'm just wondering, if you had an ear infection would it make your ear smell nasty?

Often: If you have an outer ear infection, the bacteria or fungus can make chemicals that do have an unpleasant odor. It will go away once the infection is treated. ...Read more

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Is it safe to fly if I have an inner ear problem that sometimes can cause dizziness?

Is it safe to fly if I have an inner ear problem that sometimes can cause dizziness?

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

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Is it true that flying with an ear infection is safe?

Is it true that flying with an ear infection is safe?

Airplanes & ears: Flying with a middle ear infection is safe, but may be uncomfortable with changes in pressure. When the middle ear space fills with fluid the pressure increases, and there is a small risk of ear drum rupture. This is not dangerous and usually heals up on its own. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drive if you have this dizziness that caused by ear infection?

Is it safe to drive if you have this dizziness that caused by ear infection?

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

Dr. Jerome Zacks
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Infection (Definition)

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


Dr. James Ferguson
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Ear Infection (Definition)

An infection of the inner, middle, or outer ...Read more