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Is it safe to fly when suffering from clogged ears caused by a cold?
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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Family Medicine
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In brief: Safe, but painful..
I wouldn't necessarily cancel a flight if you have a cold, but because of the pressure change, you might have some pain in the ear.
I recommend to my patients taking some sudafed and Ibuprofen about an hour before the flight, and if it's a long flight, also about an hour before landing. If the pain gets really bad, have a doc check it out after a day or two. Happy flying!

In brief: Safe, but painful..
I wouldn't necessarily cancel a flight if you have a cold, but because of the pressure change, you might have some pain in the ear.
I recommend to my patients taking some sudafed and Ibuprofen about an hour before the flight, and if it's a long flight, also about an hour before landing. If the pain gets really bad, have a doc check it out after a day or two. Happy flying!
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