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Ive been in a plane a few times now and once i get off my ears bleed inside. I chew chewies or eat while on there. Has it happened to you? What do you suggest?


Posted by Cynthea Jenke, 7th June 2015


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  • If definitely be getting checked by your doctor

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  • My ears bleed if I used ear plugs …

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  • That sounds terrible :( you poor bugger!

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  • That does not sound good. I’d go to a GP and get a referral to a ENT.

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  • No..l never experienced this. You should probably go to your gp.

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  • Agree with the other see you Gp and ask to be reffered to a ear, nose and throat specilist and get to the bottom of the issue. This could be a warning sign of something that might need fixing.

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  • Have not had this happen to me but would seriously suggest a visit to your GP. You could be having some damage done to your inner ears from the pressure of the altitude etc. Please see your GP especially if you are a frequent flyer.

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  • I think you should see a GP. This isn’t normal.

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  • Definitely go and see a Doctor about this, I have heard of Airplane ear, but to the point it is bleeding is a severe symptom and needs to be looked into.

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  • I haven’t heard of that before but it cannot be good…Damage must be being done. I would suggest you see a professional for some advice

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  • I would suggest further follow up with your GP.


    • A referral to a specialist may be in order too? Good Luck! :)

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  • I would defiantly see your doctor as that is not normal to happen.

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  • Hi Cynthea,
    mom90758’s referring link was interesting and helpful.
    I am going to paste a article I have found interesting in the past (I do realise that it is American but you can purchase the earplane plugs in Australia, just ask your Chemist).

    Hack your flight: How to save your ears while flying with a cold
    Air travel sucks. It’s bad for you on just about every level. Flying messes with your circadian rhythms as you shift time zones, increases stress hormones, is uncomfortable, and raises your risk of blood clots. It’s also dehydrating and your risk of getting sick from flying is actually pretty high. Because air gets filtered from the front of the plane to the back, your risk is even higher in economy class. Flying with a cold can even cost you your hearing. Here’s what to do:
    Business travel is something lots of us have to contend with (at least some of the time). It used to be a major concern for me – a single flight would often result in a sinus infection that lingered for a couple weeks, and I’d experience terrible sinus pain from the pressure changes. Even worse, I came close to rupturing my eardrums more than once. Two of my friends suffered partial hearing loss when their ear drums burst from pressure changes of flying with sinus congestion. I fixed my sinus problems – without surgery – by hacking my health, so I don’t get sick when I fly very much anymore, but I always carry 3 things in my travel bag just in case. After a smoke-filled week with dry desert and hotel air at a conference in Las Vegas, I almost always use these.
    Here is what you can use to prevent the pain and possible hearing loss from flying with a cold:
    Almost every drug store carries a special kind of earplug called “Earplanes”. They are pressure-relieving earplugs made of silicon baffles with a small ceramic plug in the middle. The plug moves very slowly with a pressure change, giving your sinuses and eardrums time to adjust. Put them in before the airplane doors close and the pressurization begins. You can take the plugs out when at max altitude, but put them in again (important) before the plane starts descending. You will still feel some sinus pain/pressure, but it won’t be nearly as bad, and the ceramic plug will keep your eardrums from bursting. Earplanes are tiny and come in a little plastic box. Mine sit in the bottom of my travel backpack. If you find yourself on the road, this is the best $5 you’ll ever spend.
    Mucinex
    Mucinex flying with a coldis a brand of guaifenisin expectorant. It liquefies your mucus so that it won’t block your ears. It has no effect on your mental alertness like normal cold medications. I take a Mucinex a half hour before flying unless my sinuses are perfectly clear. If I’m flying with a cold, I take two with a big glass of water. It reduces pain and risk substantially.
    Afrin
    flying with a coldAfrin nasal spray will dramatically shrink sinus tissues in 2 minutes. If I’m congested, I use it before takeoff and landing. If my ears are *really* clogged, I tilt my head back and squirt it from an upside down bottle making for a much higher dose that works faster but can by drying.
    Xlear
    You might consider using a safe, non-addictive nasal spray called Xlear to prevent sinus problems in the first place. It uses a sugar alcohol called xylitol to keep bacteria from sticking to your sinuses.
    The Bulletproof Executive

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  • no i haven’t even heard of this. wow.

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  • It never happened to me. I’m sorry for you, it must be boring. It could be a symptom of barotrauma. Read here. http://share.upmc.com/2014/07/dont-let-barotrauma-pain-summer/ The idea of chewing something while you fly seems good. Or taking decongestants before flying.

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