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Published: Sun, December 25, 2016
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FitToDo :: Barotitis media (See- Airplane ear)

FitToDo :: Barotitis media (See- Airplane ear)

Preparing for your appointment

If you experience severe pain or symptoms associated with an airplane that does not go away with self-care techniques, General practitioner first. You may, however, be referred to an ear nose and throat specialist (ENT, or otolaryngologist). It's useful to prepare for your appointment.

What you can do

  • Write down any symptoms you're experiencing, including any that may seem unrelated To your ear problems.
  • Make a list of all medications, as well as any vitamins or supplements, that you're taking.
  • Write down questions to ask your doctor.

Preparing a list of questions will help you make the most of your time with your doctor. If you're experiencing signs or symptoms of airplane ear, you might want to ask the following questions:

  • Are these signs and symptoms likely related to my recent airplane travel?
  • What is the best treatment?
  • Am I likely to have any long-term complications?
  • How will we monitor for possible complications?
  • How can I prevent this from happening again?
  • Should I consider canceling travel plans?
  • Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can take home with me? What websites do you recommend?

Do not hesitate to ask your doctor any other questions you have.

What to expect from your doctor Your doctor will ask you a number of questions, including:
  • When did you begin experiencing symptoms?
  • How severe are your symptoms?
  • Do you have any allergies?
  • Have you had a cold, sinus infection or ear infection recently?
  • Have you had an airplane ear before?
  • Were your past experiences with airplane ear prolonged or severe?
Your doctor will likely be able to make a diagnosis based on questions he or she asks and an examination of your ear with a lighted instrument (otoscope). Signs of airplane ear might include a slight outward or inward bulging of your eardrum. If your condition is more severe, your doctor may see a leak in the eardrum or pooling of blood or other fluids behind your eardrum.

If you're experiencing a spinning sensation, there may be damage to your inner ear structures. Your doctor may suggest a hearing test to determine how well you detect sounds and whether the source of hearing problems is in the inner ear.

Treatments and drugs

For most people , Airplane ear usually heals with time. When the symptoms persist, you may need treatments to equalize pressure and relief symptoms.

Medications Your doctor may prescribe medications or direct you to take over-the-counter medications to control conditions that may prevent the eustachian tubes from functioning well. These drugs may include:

Decongestant nasal sprays Oral decongestants Oral antihistamines

To ease discomfort , You may want to take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) or naproxen (Aleve, others), or analgesic pain reliever, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others).

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Self-care therapies With your drug treatment, your doctor will instruct you to use a self-care method called the Valsalva maneuver. To do this, you pinch your nostrils shut, close your mouth and gently force air into the back of your nose, as if you were blowing your nose. Once the medications have improved the function of the eustachian tubes, use of the Valsalva maneuver may force the tubes open.

Severe injuries, such as ruptured eardrum or ruptured membranes of the inner ear, will usually heal on their own. However, in rare cases, surgery may be needed to repair them.

Prevention

If you're prone to severe airplane ear and must fly often, your doctor may surgically place tubes in your eardrums to aid fluid drainage, ventilate your middle ear, and equalize the pressure between your outer ear and middle ear. Encourage swallowing.

Helping children prevent airplane ear These additional tips can help young children avoid airplane ear:

  • Give a baby or toddler a drink during ascents and descents to encourage frequent swallowing. A pacifier also may help. Children older than age 4 can try chewing gum, drinking through a straw or blowing bubbles through a straw.
  • Consider eardrops. Talk to your child's doctor about prescribing your child's eardrops that contain pain reliever and numbing agent for the flight.
  • Avoid decongestants. Decongestants are not recommended for young children.

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