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Ears wont pop!?

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Ears wont pop!?

hi (again) I suppose many of u saw my last post about flying when ears have been syringed, unfortunatly my ears got inflamed so got given a spray for my ears, anyway, since i had my ear syringed it felt like it needed to pop, i had it done thursday, its tuesday now and my ear still hasnt popped! I am NOT looking for medical advice here, i am looking for personal opinion, and similar stories, i will be going to see the doctor before i fly. But obviously he cant give me examples of people who have flown with there ear not popped,

So wondering, if anyone has flown with there ear unpopped? Im thinking maybe people who have flown on there way out and there ear didnt pop after the flight, and have flown back home with there ear still unpopped?

Ive tried everything google suggests to unpop it!

Thanks! :D

Edited: 25 September 2012, 10:05
Malta
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21. Re: Ears wont pop!?

I asked for a note, off both doctors i saw, they both told me they do not write notes for problems with ears and flying, they can only advise in weather to fly or not!? I found this ridiculous also and ended up in abit of an arguement, maybe i should contact my insurance?

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22. Re: Ears wont pop!?

If this is not the first time you've had issues with the outer ear when flying (or at any other time) then ask your GP for a consult to see an ENT specialist.

Have a word with your Pharmacist and / or GP about using a few drops of hydrogen peroxide in the outer ear (with a bit of lambswool to keep the liquid in place), not only to reduce cerumen buildup but to clean the inflamed area and prevent further infection.

Edited: 26 September 2012, 08:30
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23. Re: Ears wont pop!?

Look, it is really difficult to give advice about medications from across the world as formulations and availability varies from country to country, but I would highly recommend the following... Get your doctor to prescribe you ear drops, which in Australia are called Kenacomb or Otocomb (same stuff, different brands). Just Google it and it will show you the ingredients, then any pharmacist worth his salt will tell you if it's available in UK and the name for it. This is fantastic stuff, has antibiotic, antifungal and steroids in it, so it will take care of any nasties living in your ear and reduce inflammation and swelling. 9 out of 10 patients who have ears syringed in our surgery get this medication and no one ever has any problems, definitely not to your extent... Put it in every 4-5 hours and you should be ok by Friday. Hope it all goes well for you.

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24. Re: Ears wont pop!?

Ok this may sound really strange but I have seen it work many times.

If you have a problem equalizing the pressure in your ears on a flight take a styrofoam cup and hold it over your ear tightly. the syrofoam is an insulator and will trap your body heat. The warmth seems to loosen up whatever is blocking (usually mucas) your tubes. Typically takes a few minutes but it does work unless your tubes are swollen and completely blocked.

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25. Re: Ears wont pop!?

Thanks everyone for your replies, just to update, i rang my insurance this morning, they do cover ear infections, said i had to go to my own gp (who i never see as she is a JOKE! currently on a waiting list for another doctor) And ask for her professional opinion that if i flew, is there a chance the infection could get worse, she refused to give me ANY advice what so ever, looked at my ear and said its not a new infection, it isnt swollen and its a post-infection, even thouhg i havnt had an ear infection for over a year, does this woman even know what shes doing? So came away with nothing but a big fat insult!

She actually said and i quote 'that is just like someone coming asking me if i drive down the road tomorrow would my shoulder hurt' !!!!!!!

Anyway i rang the insurance back and told them, they was a shocked as me, they said i can get a form sent out to see if she would fill that out, even though i know fact she wont.

How ridiculous is this! I now had the chance to get some money back and she is being an idiot! The infection isnt worrying me too much as the pain isnt too bad, its the blocked feeling i have thats a worry, she says there is no blockage atall and couldnt answer as to why i felt deaf, the locum doctor i saw last night said the ear canal was very swollen with infection this is why i couldnt hear, she says its not swollen !! What the....?

Anyway i think now im in a worse situation than i was before, dont know weather im coming or going!!!

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26. Re: Ears wont pop!?

stef, you mention 'post-infection' and say you 'haven't had an ear infection for over a year' which sounds like you've had at least one in the past. You have pain and a 'blocked feeling', certainly outside the normal expectations by any professional assessment.

I do suggest you try to get an appointment with an ENT doc. That's what the sub-specialities are there for, to deal with situations that may be beyond the scope of a GP's day to day practise.

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27. Re: Ears wont pop!?

Did the doc give you any antibiotics?

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28. Re: Ears wont pop!?

Thanks i think i will look into asking to reffered to ent, but need to get a new doctor first, thats top of my list today!

Hi yes i have got antibiotics, its not really sore, just the blocked feeling is worrying me a little, dont know weather you should fly when your ears feeling blocked, but i guess i will have to make that decision on my own without any medical help as i cant seem to get the help!

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29. Re: Ears wont pop!?

Any time your ears feel funny, there is usually a risk to flying. The worst case is ear block, when it is impossible to get the eustachian tubes to open in order to equalize pressure between the outer and middle ear. In this case, if the pressure difference is high enough, the eardrum may rupture (not before producing excruciating pain, though). Rupture can sometimes produce a degree of permanent hearing impairment, although usually ruptured eardrums heal in time.

Make sure you actually have an infection from bacteria before using antibiotics. Using antibiotics in other cases can encourage the development of drug-resistant germs and can invite superinfection by opportunistic pathogens.

Ear canals are sensitive and can hurt horribly even if no actual infection is present. Just irritating the canal with a Q-tip can cause several days of pain and inflammation. Stop putting stuff in your ears unless your doctor specifically prescribes it. Every time you touch the ear canal you prolong your inflammation and discomfort. It's tempting to put all sorts of things into it to stop the pain, but you mustn't do that unless your doctor directs you to. And if your doctor is uncooperative, find another doctor.

Edited: 27 September 2012, 12:44
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30. Re: Ears wont pop!?

Hi guys, just to let you all know i had my ear looked at one last time yesterday and they said the ear canal and ear drum is infected and i have fluid behind the ear drum (this is why i cant hear properly) Although the doc said i should be ok, ive decided against flying, still going to try my best to get a claim with the insurance.

Thanks for all your replys :)