Treatment of Airplane ear is done by several methods, which include:
Medications and self-help control the symptoms of this condition. Nasal decongestants and oral antihistamines prevent blocks in eustachian tube that aggravate symptoms of airplane ear. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs help to reduce pain and discomfort.
A gentle blowing maneuver helps to unclog the ear. This is done by shutting the nostrils and inhaling through the mouth. The inhaled air is then forced back gently into the nose. It causes a slight ‘pop’ which unclogs the ear. This is usually repeated several times during descent of the plane.
Small silicone earplugs with special filters that help to equalize the pressure in the ear are useful to improve the symptoms of airplane ear. These plugs are particularly useful during colds for nasal congestion.
Chewing a gum, yawning, and swallowing activates the muscles that open the eustachian tube. Opening the tube allows the air to pass from the nose to the throat, equalizing the pressure within the middle ear.
In most cases, the symptoms resolve on their own once the pressure is equalized.
Surgery is recommended only if fluid drainage is required.
Some easy ways to prevent the discomfort of Airplane ear during travel are:
Yawning and swallowing
Gentle blowing maneuver
Avoiding travel while having sinus infections or a cold
Using decongestant nasal spray
Using allergy medications
Using earplug with filters
Avoiding sleeping during descent of the plane
7 Alternative and Homeopathic Remedies
Belladona is a homeopathic remedy recommended for controlling airplane ear. The dose is repeated when pain and discomfort persist.
Kali sulph is also suggested to cure the problems in the eustachian tube that cause airplane ear.
Merc-I-F prevents sharp shooting pain in one of the ears during descent.
8 Lifestyle and Coping
Keeping decongestants, earplugs, gum, and allergy medications during travel helps one to cope with Airplane ear on a plane ride.
9 Risks and Complications
Self-care is the best way to treat airplane ear and it very rarely causes any complications.
If the symptoms are serious, it may lead to middle and inner ear damage.
In some rare cases, airplane ear may lead to hearing loss and a chronic ringing in the ears.
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