Airplane Ear (Ear Barotrauma)

    • Imbalance in ear and environmental air pressure causes stress on the eardrum.
    • Common during airplane ascent and descent.
    • Also known as ear barotrauma, barotitis media, or aerotitis media.

Self-Care Solutions and tips to avoid Airplane Ear:

    • Yawning, swallowing, or chewing gum can alleviate symptoms.
    • Employ the Valsalva maneuver (blowing gently with nostrils pinched and closed mouth) to equalize pressure.
    • Stay awake during takeoffs and landings for self-care techniques.
    • Avoid flying with colds, sinus infections, congestion, or ear issues.
    • Use nasal spray for congestion but avoid overuse.
    • Take allergy medication before the flight if needed.
    • Consider filtered earplugs for gradual pressure equalization

Consult a Doctor for Severe Cases: Seek medical attention for severe airplane ear symptoms.