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Old 03-22-2009, 08:03 PM
 
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Default Help - how unblock ears after flight??

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Looking for some quick home remedy here on a Sunday night...I have some respiratory infection and was on an airplane today. I didn't think it was a head cold yet but I must have something going on because the descent was very painful and my ears are still 'blocked.' I had forgotten my ear plugs and nose spray...ear problems on planes have been a problem before.

One ear in particular feels like it has water in it, that type of pressure. I'm taking mucinex for the phlegm and Delsym for coughing, if that info helps at all.

I also have a slight fever...100.1 and I'm taking Tylenol for that. Any other Ideas??????? Thanks!
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Old 03-22-2009, 08:25 PM
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Chewing gum might help; it is what you should have been doing during takeoff and landing. A decongestant may be in order now.
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Old 03-22-2009, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Florida
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too late now but taking something prior to the flight should have been done, as well as using EarPlanes (ear plugs). Now you'll have to wait it out,take decongestants and see if it clears in a day or so. Before doing all the things I've suggested doing prior to flying-my ears used to do that. Stayed plugged a full week once.

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Hi -
Looking for some quick home remedy here on a Sunday night...I have some respiratory infection and was on an airplane today. I didn't think it was a head cold yet but I must have something going on because the descent was very painful and my ears are still 'blocked.' I had forgotten my ear plugs and nose spray...ear problems on planes have been a problem before.

One ear in particular feels like it has water in it, that type of pressure. I'm taking mucinex for the phlegm and Delsym for coughing, if that info helps at all.

I also have a slight fever...100.1 and I'm taking Tylenol for that. Any other Ideas??????? Thanks!
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Old 03-22-2009, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Pinch nose, close mouth and try to blow not allowing the air to escape. Forcefully exhale against a closed airway... (Valsalva maneuver)
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Old 03-22-2009, 11:45 PM
 
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Be careful with the move above. I have a friend that use to do that and required surgery in her inner ear from doing it too often. As mentioned try chewing gum. I had a cold and took a flight years ago and one of my ears was plugged and out of the blue it make all kinds of noise and unplugged itself. If you have a fever and are that sick you should see a doctor as it is possible you have an ear infection or the beginning of one. Take care.
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Old 03-22-2009, 11:53 PM
 
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ditto, what bc said about the holding the nose and blowing! Dangerous. Not as dangerous to close one nostril at a time and blow. Holding both and blowing could be detrimental to eardrums.

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Be careful with the move above. I have a friend that use to do that and required surgery in her inner ear from doing it too often. As mentioned try chewing gum. I had a cold and took a flight years ago and one of my ears was plugged and out of the blue it make all kinds of noise and unplugged itself. If you have a fever and are that sick you should see a doctor as it is possible you have an ear infection or the beginning of one. Take care.
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