I had a minor cold for maybe 3 days and I was flying (I`m a FA). While landing I experienced a pressure in my ears and they did not pop on the ground.
I went to see a doctor the next day and she told me my left ear is infected and that she can`t see the markers (?). She was surprised I was not in pain.My right ear is clogged too, but not as much.
As I already said I`m not in pain,I don`t have dizziness , I`m not nauseous. The only thing is that I can`t hear good and that the fluid behind my ear is driving me crazy.
The doctor gave me amoxicillin, sudafed and mucinex. So after 5 days nothing has changed.
I read online some people have fluid in their ears for months some even for years. Since I`m a FA , I just can`t afford being not able to work for months.
What should I do? Should I ask for referral to see ENT? I don`t wanna lose time with my family doctor.
I have a wedding to attend in Mexico in 3 weeks. Can I fly with the fluid in my ears?
Would Nasonex help? Can the doctor flush/wash my ear with water / salt mixture or with hydrogen peroxide?
This is driving me crazy. I don`t have appetite, I lost 6 lbs in 3 days. i don`t know what to do. I tried to inhale hot water, I would also put my ear over a pot of water and just cover my head and the pot with the towel,hoping the fluid would drain, but nothing.
If you have any suggestion, please let me know.
Hi, I understand your anxiety. There are tubes called ‘Eustachian tubes’ which connect the middle ear to the throat, this balances the air pressure in the ears. This tube can get blocked due to infections/allergic reactions of the throat, which can give lead to fluid collection and a feeling of fullness in the ears. This is referred to as glue ears. At this time the landmarks in the tympanic membrane may not be seen due to the fluid collection. This is more common in children. Decongestants, steroid nasal sprays and antihistamine medications may help clear the tubes and facilitate drainage. If this fails then minor surgery, which involves placing small tubes, known as grommets, in the ear. Grommets can help drain fluid out of the middle ear. So, steam inhalations may help.
A grommet will help to keep the eardrum open for several months. As the eardrum starts to heal, the grommet will slowly be pushed out of the eardrum and will eventually fall out. This process happens naturally and should not be painful. Most grommets will fall out from 9 to 15 months after being inserted.
As for flying, the danger lies in being unable to equalize the pressure either side of your ear drum during the flight.
Air expands and is forced out of the middle ear as the cabin pressure falls during ascent; then during descent, air must travel up the Eustachian tubes from the throat to prevent the ear drum getting sucked in. Failure to equalize the pressure is extremely painful. But of you have grommet in place; you can fly as this balances the ear pressures. Regards.
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