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Have severe pain in ear while landing in flight. What could be the reason?

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My wife ( 25 age) having pain in her ear from last night. two days back we traveled in flight . during landing she got heavy pain , not sure if that is the reason. please advise ?
Posted Thu, 26 Sep 2013 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Prasad 3 hours later
Brief Answer:
It can be the reason...

Detailed Answer:

Pressure changes in the flight during take-off and landing can induce ear injuries especially on the tympanic membrane (ear drum). Besides ear drum injuries, pressure changes can cause eustachian tube block which can lead to persisting ear ache.

At this point of time, I would like to know if she has any of the following complaints:
1. Is she hearing normally on both ears?
2. Is she feeling blocked ear?
3. Do you find discharge from her ear?
4. Does she notice ringing sensation of her ear?
5. Is she running fever?
6. Lastly whether she has nasal congestion/block, sore throat, headache and any other unusual complaints?

As you type answers to the above questions, encourage her to chew a chewing gum and do not instill any drops/water into the ear.

Awaiting your reply...

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