Ear discomfort is very common on an airplane due to sudden changes in atmospheric pressure, especially during take-off and landing.
The good news is that with some simple procedures, this discomfort can be reduced and even avoided.
Here are some tips to relieve this inconvenience:
– Chew gum. The chewing movement, during take-off and landing, helps balance the pressure in the ears, reducing the feeling of discomfort. Alternatively, you can eat or simulate the swallowing movement.
– Perform the Valsalva Method. Relieve the clogged ear sensation as follows: inhale, cover your nose with your fingers and exhale gently with your mouth closed. We suggest repeating this procedure whenever you feel any discomfort in your ears.
– Yawn. Making yourself yawn helps to move the bones and muscles of the face, regulating pressure. Another possibility is to open your mouth widely and closing it again and again.
– Clear your nose. If you have a cold or a stuffy nose before the trip, it is advisable to reach an otolaryngologist who prescribes the appropriate medication to take in advance, such as a nasal decongestant.
If you are traveling with a baby, you can breastfeed, give him a pacifier or a bottle during take-off and landing to help reduce the pressure. For older children, it may be a good idea to offer them gum or to make them yawn through games and play.
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