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Old 12-26-2011, 05:53 PM   #1
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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.

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Old 12-26-2011, 11:55 PM   #2
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Re: Ears not popping days after flight

Afrin opened my ears back up after I developed eustachian tube dysfunction under exactly the same scenario you describe. You must use the spray correctly for it to work -- aiming at back of head at almost a right angle to your face. Hard to describe in words, but if you google correct use of Afrin nasal spray for eustachian tube dysfunction, it should come up for you, including diagrams/drawings.

The Ear Popper device also works, but requires a prescription in the US.

Short term pseudoephedrine plus mucinex use also helped me. Unfortunately for me, ETD has turned into a chronic condition, so I am still searching for the underlying cause to fix my ears.

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