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I have aeroplane ear. Got it on a flight out on Saturday 28

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I have aeroplane ear. Got it on a flight out on Saturday 28 Feb and flew home on March 6. Can't hear much in my right ear. I'm going away for a couple of days and have an appointment to see a GP on Monday. Is it serious?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Robert replied 2 years ago.
Hello,
Welcome to justanswer.com and thank you for your question.
I'm so sorry to hear of your discomfort.
Airplane ear is actually, due to stress exerted on your eardrum and middle ear tissues due to air pressure. It is also called as ear barotrauma, barotitis media or aerotitis media.
Yes, hearing loss is common with this condition.
No need to get panic, It can be a common condition after flight.
You would need to visit your GP and get it managed.
Yes, you would need medications to treat this condition. It includes-
-Decongestant nasal sprays,
-Oral decongestants like Sudafed 120 mg once daily(OTC)
-Oral antihistamines like Zyrtec.
Another important home treatment is Menthol steam inhalation - add Menthol salts (available OTC) to a bowl of steaming water and inhale the steam two - three times daily - this will relieve the symptoms.
I would recommend that you visit your GP on Monday, as per schedule for management of this issue.
Good luck and take care.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

That's great. Many thanks. Is one Sudafed tablet 120mg?

Expert:  Dr. Robert replied 2 years ago.
Dear,
Thanks for appreciating my work.
Sudafed contains pseudoephedrine and is a decongestant.
Take Sudafed with a full glass of water. Swallow it whole.
It is available in dose of 60 milligrams (mg) , you can take it every four to six hours. Do not take more than 240 mg in twenty-four hours.
Good luck and take care.
My goal is to provide you with excellent service – if you feel you have gotten anything less, please reply back, I am happy to address follow-up questions.