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Flying With An Ear Ache - Any Suggestions?

Fri Oct 27, 2006 5:09 pm

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.

Thanks in advance,
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RE: Flying With An Ear Ache - Any Suggestions?

Fri Oct 27, 2006 5:27 pm

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!

Here's an earlier thread that you might find useful:
Ear Pain While Flying (by Scott4AA May 9 2002 in Civil Aviation)

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RE: Flying With An Ear Ache - Any Suggestions?

Fri Oct 27, 2006 6:00 pm

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.

Hope the flight goes ok.

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RE: Flying With An Ear Ache - Any Suggestions?

Fri Oct 27, 2006 6:03 pm

I don't know if this really works, but I hear chewing gum is a way to alleviate tension in your ears while flying. Try it along side with pain killers.

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RE: Flying With An Ear Ache - Any Suggestions?

Fri Oct 27, 2006 6:18 pm

Pseudophed. The unsung hero of flight crews everywhere who suffer from suffy ears.
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RE: Flying With An Ear Ache - Any Suggestions?

Fri Oct 27, 2006 6:33 pm

Btriple, it does help.
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RE: Flying With An Ear Ache - Any Suggestions?

Fri Oct 27, 2006 6:42 pm

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:

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RE: Flying With An Ear Ache - Any Suggestions?

Fri Oct 27, 2006 6:54 pm

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 6):
Anyway, my interim solution from the UK was Sudafed nasal spray. You feel it work literally right away:

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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.
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RE: Flying With An Ear Ache - Any Suggestions?

Fri Oct 27, 2006 8:17 pm

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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RE: Flying With An Ear Ache - Any Suggestions?

Fri Oct 27, 2006 8:46 pm

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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RE: Flying With An Ear Ache - Any Suggestions?

Fri Oct 27, 2006 9:56 pm

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!!

I hope this helps.

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RE: Flying With An Ear Ache - Any Suggestions?

Fri Oct 27, 2006 10:34 pm

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.

http://www.cirrushealthcare.com/EarPlanes-C8.aspx

This product really works! Best of luck.

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RE: Flying With An Ear Ache - Any Suggestions?

Sat Oct 28, 2006 2:32 am

Thanks so much for the responses and suggestions. We've got the Sudafed packed and ready to go (don't have time to look for Earplanes but will definitely consider it in the future).

Look for a TR in the not so near future!

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