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When Can I Fly After Otitis Media
Flying with OM: You should be able to fly with otitis media (om), so long as you don't have a fever or a lot of pain and pressure in your ear (s). If an acute infection w/ pus in the ear (s), take your antibiotics and wait at least a week before getting on a plane. If you have fluid in your ear (s) take Claritin and sudafed starting 2 days before your flight and afrin (oxymetazoline) the day before and on day of your flight.See 1 more doctor answer
Inflamation mid/ear: Otitis media is a broad term that includes various forms of inflamation of the middle ear. That space is like a cave in the skull, with the ear drum on one wall, a drain tube (eustacion tube) in the floor ; another wall composed by the skull ; the ear nerve. The walls make mucous which normally drains but can be trapped. Germs can feed on the trapped mucous ; cause infection.See 1 more doctor answer
Inflamation mid/ear: Otitis media is a broad term that includes various forms of inflamation of the middle ear. That space is like a cave in the skull, with the ear drum on one wall, a drain tube (eustacion tube) in the floor ; another wall composed by the skull ; the ear nerve. The walls make mucous which normally drains but can be trapped. Germs can feed on the trapped mucous ; cause infection.
Middle ear infection: This is typically a bacterial infection of the middle ear, not the outer ear (canal) or inner ear. It usually is triggered by a viral upper respiratory infection or allergies. Treatment involves decongestants, mucus thinners (guaifenesin), sometimes nasal or oral steroids, and usually antibiotics.
Some might: Many episodes of OM are viral and self heal with no intervention. Some bacterial ear infections would self heal over months like before antibiotics. Some are triggered by aggressive bacteria and can lead to perforated ear drums, chronic infection, mastoiditis, and long term health implications. The danger of any self treatment is delay of proper diagnosis, treatment & potential for complications.See 1 more doctor answer
Symptomatic Therapy: Most ear infections are viral infections and, depending on the age group and certain other factors, often can be managed without antibiotics or other specific therapy as they are self limiting. These usually require only symptomatic therapy such as Ibuprofen and/or Acetaminophen for pain. Occasionally they are bacterial and require antibiotic treatment.See 1 more doctor answer
Some self heal: In the years before antibiotics people had ear infections ; just toughed them out. It often took 6-8 weeks for the body to clear the infection. Pain control with heat, Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen can help. Some viral infections disappear in a few days without help. However, some infections can become chronic, abscess the bone near the ear and need to be surgically drained.
Otitis Media: The acute symptoms of ear pain, discomfort and fever will usually last a day or 2. Acetominophen or Ibuprofen products are helpful to manage symptoms. If your pmd has given your child antibiotics for the infection, you should see improvement within 36-48 hours. Once the infection resolves, there may still be fluid in the middle ear for up to 3 months. The child should be observed & hearing checked.
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