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During flight travel, especially at take-off and landing, pressure difference occurs between middle ear and outside atmosphere which is the cause of pain and discomfort. Usually the eustachian tube that connects the middle ear with the nasal cavity
adjusts these pressure differences. Discomfort and pain are quite normal. But when you are suffering from cold, sinus infection
, chest infection
, pain in the ear is the worst and may even lead to unwanted consequences like rupture of eardrum
. So, you may need to get treated for the bad and chronic cough
first. The following are the possible causes :
1) Respiratory viral infections
2) Allergic cough
4) Bronchial asthma
Of course, there are other causes but above mentioned are more important. A detailed physical examination by an expert can easily diagnose your illness. A chest X-ray may help to arrive at a specific diagnosis. So, please go to an ENT or a general physician for appropriate treatment. If ear discomfort persists, even after treatment of respiratory infection, you can follow the below mentioned tips :
1) Persistent swallowing or chewing movements during take off and landing.
manoeuvre : with the mouth closed, nose pinched, try to breathe out with the nose. Do it gently and repeatedly.
3) Nasal decongestant drops about 15min before take off and 15min before landing.
4) Avoid sleeping during take off and landing.
Hope my answer clarifies your doubts. For any further clarifications, please write to us. It is my pleasure to guide you.
Dr. Pallavi.m, Anesthesiologist