Help with Ear Pain
December 24, 2011 9:32 AM Subscribe
Help me deal with ear pain after flying
posted by Bulgaroktonos to health & fitness (21 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I took a flight yesterday, I've been a little congested the past couple of weeks and had some pretty bad ear pain on the descent. It felt better last night, but around 4:30 I woke up and it was terrible.
Along with the usual techniques (yawning, swallowing, that hold your nose and blow theing) I've tried both Sudafed (the real kind) and Afrin, which seems to have increased the popping noises in my ear, but I haven't been able to equalize the pressure and stop the pain. Advil has helped with the pain enough for me to sleep, but when it wears off the pain comes back.
I've got a few questions:
1) Is there anything else I can do to make this better?
2) When should I think about seeing a doctor?
3) Should I try to get a rental car instead of taking the return flight? I just have no idea if this is likely to get worse if I take another flight.
My return flight is on Monday, so I kind of need to make that last call son, so any help anyone could offer would be great.