Ear barotrauma - Prevention
Barotitis media; Barotrauma; Ear popping; Pressure-related ear pain; Eustachian tube dysfunction
You can use nasal decongestants or antihistamines before altitude changes. Try to avoid altitude changes while you have an upper respiratory infection or allergy attack.
Talk to your doctor about using decongestants if you plan to scuba dive.
- Reviewed last on: 5/9/2011
- A.D.A.M. Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, and David R. Eltz. Previously reviewed by Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; Seth Schwartz, MD, MPH, Otolaryngologist, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington (8/3/2010).
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