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Old 12-23-2009, 08:42 AM   #1
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flying with bad head/chest cold?

I am flying tomorrow and have a very bad head/chest cold. Will I survive the flight? Should I just not go? I reaaaaally want to go despite my cold.

 
Old 12-24-2009, 12:14 PM   #2
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Re: flying with bad head/chest cold?

well if you haven't let yet I would suggest ear plugs. I flew not knowing I had fluid in my ears from my sinuses, by the time we landed I was in severe pain both ears and could barely hear for an entire night. I hope you get this before you leave!!!

 
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Old 12-24-2009, 10:46 PM   #3
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Re: flying with bad head/chest cold?

haha, interesting. My ear popped a couple hours or so after landing. It was so loud and shocking; sounded like something exploding in my ear. I did have very short moments of shooting pain in my ears while descending. I think there still may be some fluid in my right ear (if that's what's causing it, it was the left one that popped like a gun going off). I feel about the same as before I left, so I really can't complain. Tylenol Sinus Sever Pain medicine is pretty amazing.

What do ear plugs do?

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Old 12-30-2009, 09:18 AM   #4
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Re: flying with bad head/chest cold?

I was told only after I landed and was in pain and couldn't hear, to go buy ear plugs, and this keeps the pressure out and would prevent the horrible pain I was in when I flew back. I had flown before this without the pain and deafness, but did not know I had fluid in my ears from allergies this time, and had nonstop popping and symptoms while flying, then pain in both ears, then they were completely plugged by the time we landed. I ended up in severe pain and deaf the whole night. Your sinuses and ear canals are connected, so when you have a cold, it can also turn into fluid in the ears or ear infection. Flying causes even more pressure aggravating it further, so the plugs keep the extra pressure out preventing even more problems.

 
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