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What is the best way to prevent the ear ache that comes along with traveling by plane?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
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In brief: Barotitis

The earache that comes with flying is due to congestion of the eustachian tube that connects the throat with the ear. It gets blocked due to pressure changes during flight.
Best preventive measures are either an oral decongestant -claritin-d for 3 days before flying, a nasal one like Flonase (prescription) or afrin (otc). During flight hold your nose and try to force air out to keep tube open.

In brief: Barotitis

The earache that comes with flying is due to congestion of the eustachian tube that connects the throat with the ear. It gets blocked due to pressure changes during flight.
Best preventive measures are either an oral decongestant -claritin-d for 3 days before flying, a nasal one like Flonase (prescription) or afrin (otc). During flight hold your nose and try to force air out to keep tube open.
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