Help me get to New York without a burst eardrum
September 24, 2010 2:10 PM Subscribe
I'm in the Bay Area, supposed to fly to New York tomorrow morning. For the past few days I've had moderately crappy sinus congestion. What can I do to make the flight as comfortable as possible?
posted by telegraph to health & fitness (24 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
My symptoms are a mild headache, stuffy/runny nose, phlegmy throat, and periodic inability to clear my ears. The latter is what's concerning me the most -- I've heard about burst eardrums during flights and other wonderfully pleasant unexpected events (one previous AskMeFi post refers to a spouse who experienced that and subsequently needed a prescription for Xanax to be willing to fly again).
I've been drinking lots of hot tea, sleeping with my head elevated, and taking hot steamy showers. I have some generic sinus decongestant (it's acetaminophen and phenylephrine) that I plan to take 30 minutes before the flight, but that's pretty much it. What else can I do?