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Dr. McMahon - Ears & Airplanes

In today’s Brazos Valley Physicians Organization Journal of Medicine Report, Dr. Mike McMahon talks about ears and airplane flights.

"Most of us have flown, myself included, have had problems with clearing the ears during air flight causing fullness in the ears, pressure and sometimes pain and a lot of the patients we see it can be excruciating, the pain. So there are a couple things you can do and one of them I tell patients that have this problem to use some nasal decongestant spray or over the counter spray. Two sprays in each nostril, do it a half hour before takeoff, a half hour before landing. This keeps the nose and the Eustachian tube open and a lot of times they can clear their ears quickly with that. You don’t want to fly if you have a sinus infection, severe allergies or ear infection. The other thing too is over the counter they have filtered ear plugs that you can use and these help adjust the pressure in the ears to slow it up and they help as well."

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