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Ear plugged from flight, must fly tomorrow
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OneWellness posted:
I had a bad cold last week. I took a short flight today and it was very painful on the way down. Now I can't hear out of my left ear.

I have to leave tomorrow night on an international trip around the globe. The first leg is from the US to London. What can I do to prevent this from happening on the next flight? Will those Earplane ear plugs work?
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Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
You can try EarPlanes, but the jury is still out on their overall effectiveness. Since your time is very, very limited....using a short-acting NASAL decongestant just before take-off and landing may be something to try. Anti-inflammatory medications, like Ibuprofen can be helpful, too.

Too bad that I can't look in your ears, but I suspect you have barotitis...ear pain from barometric pressure change. This takes time to resolved, no mater what is done, and tomorrow may not be enough time for this to resolve.
 
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