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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
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
Will flying badly aggravate my vertigo from inner ear infection is it safe? Will i be ok have to go back home alone with 4 year old daughter.
I am experiencing ear ache sometimes clicking. I clench my jaw and grind my teeth. I checked with the doctor and it's not an ear infection. Lately when I drink i feel it in my ear. I have to fly for work. What is it and it's safe to fly?
No: Wait until the infection is resolved.Get a more detailed answer ›
Could be a problem: Really need to see an ENT to help understand this issue. ...Read more
I might be pregnant and I have an ear infection, the doc has given me augmention 500 mg every 8 hrs 4 7days. Is it safe to take in such early stage.
Is it safe to perform the Valsalva maneuver while I have an ear infection? (plugging my nose and blowing to pop my ears). The discomfort is really bad, but I don't want to try it if it could make the pain worse or cause damage.
Are there any safe home remedies for ear impaction? How do I tell if that is what is wrong or if it's an ear infection?
Yes: It would be best to confirm that excess wax is the problem. As long as there is not a history of perforation or a hole in your ear drum; 2 common home remedies are dilute hydrogen peroxide, 3 parts water to 1 part hydrogen peroxide 1-2 drops twice daily for 5 days and then reassess. Colace (docusate sodium) solution used typically as a laxative, 1-2 drops twice daily for 5 days may also be helpful. Syringing by MD ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Not recommended: Ear infections are inflammatory processes so flying and changing pressure in flight will most likely cause a great deal of pain. It can also cause the inflammation to worse, possibly cause the ear drum to rupture or cause further local damage. If you have questions definitely see a specialist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Painful: You "can" but it might be very painful with the pressure changes your ears will go thru. Normally when pressure changes, your ear adjusts to it, but if you have an ear infection this system of "adjustment" is not working. Try to postpone. If you can't, at least use specialized ear plugs for air travel (not sure how effective they will be). Good luck. ...Read more
Please help! what is the safe dosage when taking flucloxacillin sodium ca 500mg for a ear infection?
Ear infection: The usual adult dose is 500 mg twice daily for 7-10 days. ...Read more
Safe way to clear full ear without causing/irritating an infection? Prone to ear infections-about one every year. Pain on/off year round.
Unclear question: Please rephrase and specify whether your issue is with the external ear canal which runs from the eardrum to the external ear or the middle ear which is behind the ear drum. The advice will differ depending upon the affected site. And also, is your hearing affected? Good luck. ...Read more
Prescribed X4 500 mg flucloxacin and x3 500/125 mg Co-amoxiclav for double ear infection daily. Is this amount safe ? It's for 7 days. Feel nauseous
No.: There is pus in the middle ear, the eardrum is stretched tight. Pressure changes from flying may cause excruciating pain and potential rupture. Flight attendant patient told me they don't let her (nor pilots) work when they have ear or sinus infections. I caught a sinus infection on travel once, ear pain was unbearable, almost made a grown woman cry. ...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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