Ears not popping days after flight
I had a flight Wednesday night, and my ears didn't pop. No big deal, but on my return flight Saturday, in the last half hour of a 2.5 hour flight, they began to hurt. The pain was almost unbearable. The pain faded away in the 1-2 hours after I landed, but now it's Monday night (nearly a week after my original flight) and they still haven't popped. I can sort of hear; everything sounds like I'm underwater or I'm putting my hands over my ears. I can hear/understand people if I am actively trying to listen, but otherwise I don't know what's being said.
I've tried the basic remedies (gum, yawning, etc.) and a friend of mine told me it might be due to some congestion, which is possible (I've had a tiny bit of congestion over the past few days, but nothing I would generally take any DayQuil for or anything.) She said try Afrin, and that should clear me up and eventually pop my ears. I've been using Afrin for three days now (the day of my return flight and the two days after) and nothing has changed.
Any thoughts? Could this be a possible infection? The problem is I don't know if I could find an ENT specialist working this week; do you think a doc at a walk-in clinic would be able to help?
Thanks in advance.
Last edited by happyharrell; 12-26-2011 at 06:54 PM.