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How to unclogg your ears from getting off an airplane?
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Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
4 doctors agree
In brief: Tx eustachian tube
More than likely your eustachian tubes are not doing their job to equalize the pressure in your ears.
Use an oral decongestant or oxymetazoline nasal spray as directed. Then you can pinch your nostrils shut and gently/carefully blow your nose. You should feel a little pressure change in your ears but it may not clear initially. If it persists, see an ENT (otolaryngologist).

In brief: Tx eustachian tube
More than likely your eustachian tubes are not doing their job to equalize the pressure in your ears.
Use an oral decongestant or oxymetazoline nasal spray as directed. Then you can pinch your nostrils shut and gently/carefully blow your nose. You should feel a little pressure change in your ears but it may not clear initially. If it persists, see an ENT (otolaryngologist).
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Dr. Phil Zapanta
As a preventive measure, you can also use the above medications prior to flying and then intermittently gently performing the valsalva maneuver as described above.
Dr. Michelle Marcincuk
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Valsalva
Pinch your nose, close your mouth, and then try to blow your nose.
This will help unclog your ears. You can also swallow, chew gum, yawn. You can take sedated or afrin (oxymetazoline) before your flight (assuming you do not have any medical contraindications to these medications) to help as well.

In brief: Valsalva
Pinch your nose, close your mouth, and then try to blow your nose.
This will help unclog your ears. You can also swallow, chew gum, yawn. You can take sedated or afrin (oxymetazoline) before your flight (assuming you do not have any medical contraindications to these medications) to help as well.
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