777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2546 posts, RR: 2 Posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 62261 times:
I'm posting this at the urging of my wife whose ears are achy after fighting a cold a few days ago. We have to fly tomorrow (HNL-SFO-JFK) and were wondering if anyone had any failsafe remedies (feel free to suggest over the counter meds) to alleviate the inevitable discomfort.
EHHO From Netherlands, joined Dec 2005, 815 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 62241 times:
Ouch... if she has it on the ground already it will most probably hurt badly in the air.. Perhaps just ordinary painkillers (Advil, Excedrin)? One thing that certainly helps is swallowing as much as you can, so be sure to bring ample hard candy onboard. Good night and good luck!
BDRules From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 1501 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 62223 times:
honestly i flew with a cold to SNN last year and had bad problems with my inner ear. my ears popped all of a sudden and lost balance and was really ill. Flew home the following day n survived no problems. i kept pinchin my nose and blowing to keep poppin them basically from take off to landing. i would recommend goin to your local pharmacy and asking them for ear drops. Something like earex. not sure if ull have that in the states but they should be able to give you something similar. they will help.
Myt332 From Australia, joined Sep 2003, 9120 posts, RR: 67
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 62182 times:
Quoting Jetdeltamsy (Reply 4): Pseudophed. The unsung hero of flight crews everywhere who suffer from suffy ears.
The nasal spray also helps me a lot! I've had bad ears for about a year now and I've taken this whenever I've felt a bit light headed, works great. In actual fact I'm off to get my ears syringed in 18 minutes which I'm dreading but apparently this will sort me out.
Anyway, my interim solution from the UK was Sudafed nasal spray. You feel it work literally right away:
Pihero From France, joined Jan 2005, 5141 posts, RR: 78
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 62168 times:
Quoting Myt332 (Reply 6): Anyway, my interim solution from the UK was Sudafed nasal spray. You feel it work literally right away:
I always carry the Sudafed tablets in my bag, but don't tell the physicians. I've become a sort of good samaritan cum magician as it helped my colleagues more than once. And flying with blocked eustachian tubes is no joke when you are at the controls.
SkyvanMan From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 224 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 62132 times:
Ouch, I have flown with an ear-ache and it is painful so medication like sudafed or eve nbetter try to get a prescription, will likely be able to help, but I'm not sure if a prescription would be that effective as they often don't work immediately and you are goiung to be flying tommorow.
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Kmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 62115 times:
Any OTC sinus medication (Tylenol Sinus highly resommended)...as long as it doesn't contain antihistamines, because that will make her drowsy. My daughter and I flew back from London this year while she had an earache; she'd taken the sinus stuff on the way over and was fine. She didn't want to take them on the way home and she was in tears her ears hurt so mich.
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A380Heavy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 280 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 62077 times:
When I flew as a child (mainly on Brittania Airways flights) I used to get ear ache badly especially in the descent phase.
The cabin crew would supply me with what they called 'hot cups'. These were the plastic drinking cups you would usually be served drinks in during a flight. In the bottom of the cups was cotton wool soaked in very hot water.
Placing these over the ears is very effective at reducing ear ache - it may look a little odd, but to someone who is suffering, they don't usually care!!
KYAir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 362 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 62041 times:
You've got to get a product called "Earplanes". I've bought them at CVS pharmacies, probably available other places as well. They are little rubber devices that you insert into the ear canal BEFORE the doors are closed and pressurization begins, and can be removed at cruise. You must re-insert them before descent and leave them in until the doors are opened. They work by keeping the canal open and the pressure equalized. My wife and I both use them and they truly work, as we both suffer severe ear pain during flying due to the pressure changes. They are good for two cycles, so you may want to buy 2-3 packs. I'm not sure who makes them but will do an internet search at lunch and post here any results I find. Good luck, I certainly feel for anyone suffering ear pain while flying.
Edit: Went ahead and searched now, here's a product link.