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Old February 23rd, 2005, 02:15 PM
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I have flown half a dozen times and everytime I get head ache and ear ache after we land - sometimes for a couple of days. Like severe sinus pain. Any ideas? Is there something I should be taking before I fly? I am leaving Saturday morning on holiday to Caribbean. Help?
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Old February 23rd, 2005, 02:19 PM
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I have the same problem sometimes. I had a real bad migraine one time. I thought my head was going to explode. Try taking a decongestant. That seemed to work for me. Call your doctor to see if he/she has any ideas too.

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This may work. Use a nose spray like Dristan. Use it before you board the plane. It works for me most of the time.

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Old February 23rd, 2005, 03:25 PM
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Same here. My physician said to take Benadryl or other sinus tablet prior to flight.

A couple of times my ears have hurt so bad I had tears running down my face, and I normally have a high tolerance for pain.

I tried the "Earplanes" - ear plugs that are supposed to help, but they didn't help me. You might try them - available at most Walgreen's, Walmart, etc. Anything is worth a try!
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Any type of antihistamine before flying will help clear the passages. I recently purchased Bose noise reduction headphones, and they were excellent at cutting out the droning noise of the engines.
I felt much better after a long flight having worn them.

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Thanks so much for your tried and true suggestions! I will report back after our Costa Atlantica cruise to the Western Caribbean leaving Sunday Feb 27th and returning March 6th.
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On my last flight my ears stopped up so bad that I couldn't even hear myself talk! (Or anyone else.) When they finally "popped"-OUCH!! My doctor suggested using Afrin spray just before take off and halfway through the flight. IF I ever fly again (I hate it-last time was free, along with a Company cruise, so I went!) I'll try it, along with that "little yellow pill" that keeps me from putting fingernail marks in my DH's hand!

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Afrin spray? I have never heard of it. Maybe we can't get it up here in the Great White North? Is it a antihistimine nasal spray? Your situation with your poor ears sounds exactly what I suffer - that horrible painful popping, along with the headache. I will have to have a look for a substiture here - And we do have some time in Ft Lauderdale, if it is available in the US.
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Cyndy,
Afrin and Dristan nasal spray have the same active ingredient (oxymetazoline hydrochloride), so I wouldn't spend too much time looking for it, if you haven't seen it in your area.

If you really do have a lot of pain when you are flying I would advise that you see your doctor and talk to him or her about it. They will give you better advice for your health than you can get from a message board.

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Ditto what Mike said!

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I have lots of sinus allergy issues, I always take a large bottle of water to sip on the plane it helps,so does chewing gum, moving your jaws, holding your nose and blowing, this help and I do it often. I usually take a decongestant, and Airborne tablet in my water, The Earplanes help me but I found the childs size fit my ears better so I use them, the adult one's hurt after a while and they won't work unless you keep them in for the whole flight. Good luck
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another chronic allergy sufferer here. I get the same thing you do. I take 2 Sudafed at the first sign of pain and drink water during flight.
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Old February 26th, 2005, 01:52 AM
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Hi,

The " old proven and true " still is the best.

A couple of Benadryl works wonders...it also creates a soporific effect
which enables you to be " sleepy--droggy " thru the whole thing.

DRINK WATER !!!! Alcohol has the opposite effect....

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I agree with LisaK, pop a Sudafed about an hour before getting on the plane. Works wonders for a friend of mine with terrible sinus problems, he got the info from his doctor.
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