Unplugging Ears After a Flight
Flight take-offs and landings can close or plug your ears. This happens due to a change in air pressure in the Eustachian tube, which connects the ear to the back of the nose. One’s ears can feel blocked and one may also experience pain in the ears. People suffering from cold and respiratory problems are more likely to have clogged ears.
- Severe ear pain
- Pressure in ear similar to when being underwater
- Bleeding from ears
- A spinning and vomiting sensation
- Short term hearing loss
Remedies to Unplug
- Yawning periodically can help in moving the Eustachian muscles.
- Chewing gum can help you pop the ears and free the pressure.
- Hold your nose, close your mouth and try to blow through your nose. This may help open the Eustachian tube.
- Use warm saltwater to gargle until your ears feel relieved.
- Spray some nasal decongestant before boarding a flight.
- Keep your children awake during take-off and landing.
- Do not sleep during descent.
- People suffering from cold and sinus infections should avoid an airplane trip, if possible.
- If you have severe ear problems, consult your doctor before you fly.
- Babies should be breastfed or bottle-fed while landing.
- Use earplugs.
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