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Old 07-08-2015, 02:52 AM
 
Location: Honolulu
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I didn't have this problem until a few years ago. I know that your ears popping while ascending is normal but usually when the plane descends I have this sharp, painful pressure that feels like it's behind my eyes. I can almost count on it every time the I ride on a plane. Does anyone else have this problem and have you found anything that helps with the pressure? I tried swallowing and even trying to pop my ears with a cupped hand but nothing works. I have to fly again soon and I'm afraid one day it'll be so painful I can't handle it.
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Old 07-08-2015, 03:00 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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This forum has some good info, from pilots, many have had sinus problems.
Extreme pain in forehead during descent/landing [Archive] - PPRuNe Forums

Hope it helps!
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Old 07-08-2015, 05:27 AM
 
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I find that simply keeping one's mouth open (breathing through the mouth instead of the nose) works for me.

I know someone else that pinches his nose and that works for him.
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Old 07-08-2015, 06:22 AM
 
Location: Cedar Park, Texas
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You might try the Valsalva maneuver, like we divers use when equalizing pressure during descent. Pinch your nose shut with your mouth closed, and gently snort out. Pressure is changing upon descent just like upon ascent, so it isn't surprising that you may have issues. Also, age often sometimes affects that...
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Old 07-08-2015, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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Simplest way would to be take a decongestant before you fly.

Sounds crazy, but an old flight attendant trick is to take a foam coffee cup with some paper towel in the bottom and add hot water and place it over your ear. The towel is to keep the hot water from running out, so it should be moist, not dripping.
I didn't believe it worked until I got caught with no drugs, a sinus infection and a long flight, and it was the only thing that helped relieve the pressure.
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Old 07-08-2015, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Northern Ireland and temporarily England
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I honestly never get blocked or sore ears, in all my years of flying it's only happened twice.
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Old 07-08-2015, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Yawning works for me.
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Old 07-09-2015, 12:57 AM
 
Location: Honolulu
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This forum has some good info, from pilots, many have had sinus problems.
Extreme pain in forehead during descent/landing [Archive] - PPRuNe Forums

Hope it helps!
Thanks, I read through the whole thread. I've been using a nasal spray (Dymista) so hopefully that will help as I have a history of allergies and an easily irritated sinus. I also plan to take Sudafed a few hours before I land. Still worried though, I could handle the past few times but I just hope it doesn't get worse.
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Old 07-09-2015, 05:13 PM
 
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I've flown many many times in my life. This past January I had a decent that nearly made my head explode. It was weird.

I've flown a couple of trips after that on the same route and it didn't happen.
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Old 07-09-2015, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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I'd say I have pain once out of every few dozen flights, but only excruciating pain on a couple occasions. Also once had my ears finally pop a good week or so after the flight. For minor pain, I like to have gum or candy or something that allows me to swallow...that usually helps...but for the few occasions of really bad pain nothing helped.

Good luck!!
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