Clear discharge and pain in ear

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I have 2 flights, first flight in 26hrs time.

My ear is throbbing, feeling very full (echo), buzzing sounds, clear discharge and pain. It has been like this for 6 hours.

I flew 3 small flights 2 days ago which gave me huge headaches and blood in my nose, which still hasn't stopped bleeding (bloody mucus).

I'm slightly worried about flying again due to the blood in my nose and also my new ear problem.

I'm on holiday so would like to get home.

Do I need to see a Dr / would I be okay to fly a 7hr flight and a 4hr flight?

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    See a doctor who may be able to give you some meds to help you.
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    Do see your Dr.  I’ve had almost a month of middle ear infections in both ears, what started out as sinus infection and because of 2 flights (only 3 hours each way) I’m still not right having used all meds that worked for sinus before and nasal rinse Now I’ve been put on 10 days of antibiotics- won’t forget Hols 2018!  

    Hope you get sorted soon as.  Safe journey 

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      I'm in Kenya, so if it's not okay to fly then I will have to see a Dr at the hospital and potentially stay in the country longer.

      I am already taking Doxy antibiotic for anti-malaria.

      I will also just add, I put a little cotton bud gently in the cup of the ear and left it there for a little while. When I took it out of my ear there was some blood on it

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      Ah God help you, Danny I  would go see a Doctor, if nothing else for peace of mind before getting on the flight.   You know & we do all is not right with your ear and while not nice not getting home at least it would stop you making whatever the hell it is, worse.  Let us know how you go, not much help I know, but, I will be thinking of you.

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    Did you see a Doctor?
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      Not yet, Dr's in Kenya have no sense of urgency. They said I'd be lucky to see one today at the hotel. I won't go to the hospital due to infection and high risk of malaria contact (since my immune system will already be weakened).

      Trying to use Vicks decongestants to hopefully reduce nasal mucus and bleeding (fingers crossed it'll help the headaches too).

      I have 8 paracetamol left so I am using sparingly and putting up with the pain for now.

      The clear drainage from my ear has stopped and blood too but it's still full, kinda swollen inner feeling, throbbing and I realised my hearing has deteriorated further to very muffled. Could possibly be a ruptured eardrum or big middle ear infection. Makes sense with a combined sinus infection too. Blood from both nostrils now though.

      I think I'm going to brave the 2 flights (7hr and 4hr) and ask the cabin crew for a cold compress to put on my ear and a lot of tissue for the nasal blood and maybe sit by myself if at all possible. It was incredibly painful in the small planes so hopefully less painful in the Airbus and Boeing

      If all else fails and it's very painful, I'll just seek medical help when I land

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      I've made it back to the UK. My nose bled constantly on flights, I was in and out of the toilets constantly cleaning up.

      My ear hurt, sometimes a lot but in general it was a manageable pain. But I mean I've walked around of a fractured knee before and thought that was manageable pain so it's all individual.

      I might have a respiratory infection since the plane I feel like my whole body is struggling a bit more, chesty coughing, light headed.

      I've contacted my Dr's GP and they said to call as soon as I'm home and they'll try to get me an emergency appointment same day, if not then I will have to go to urgent care centre and possibly admitted to hospital for tests.

      They tried to tell me off for flying but under the circumstances and the poor care in Kenya, they understood the reason(s) for my decision.

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      Ah Thank God you’re home.  I’ve been thinking of you all day & checking for any flights diverted due to medical emergency - lol.  Which was a bit stupid as I didn’t know where you were flying to!!!  

      At least you will get good care now - hope you get sorted soon as.  Well done 

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      Haha aww thank you smile

      The cabin crew gave me ice pack a for my ear but honestly, I spent more time in the toilets mopping up blood, than in my seat haha.

      I flew into London Gatwick so when I got there I was extremely light headed. I sat in a restaurant for 3 hours just to try to feel better.

      Called my GP at the same time and they said I'd need to see them asap when I got back to Middlesbrough.

      (7hr bus ride home)

      Saw my GP yesterday morning and they said inside my ear is so swollen that she couldn't even see passed the tube (forgot it's name) and couldn't see the ear drum. I said on the flights my ear was painful but it didn't do that pressure equalization thing it should do and it did bleed. So GP thinks the tube is very much blocked and probably burst eardrum too.

      Coughing is a problem too because it should be cleared by Doxy (anti-malarials I'm taking) but it's having no effect, so could be a big infection resistant to Doxy.

      Nose bleeds and intense head pressure shouldn't happen all, especially 2-3 days after flying too. I've had over 30 nose bleeds in 4 days.

      They're either a few infections that are really having a bad impact on my body or it's 1 very big infection. My GP is liaising with specialists and getting me a chest x-ray as well as that, I'm on 2 different antibiotics and so far, no effect. I slept 12 hours and feel worse for it.

      GP issued me with a sick note straight away for 1 week minimum

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    Bet you will not forget that trip in a hurry.  It will take time for meds to kick in, but at least you’ve started.  Rest up & be kind to yourself, a lovely lady I knew growing up used to say “for something to go away it takes twice the time you were getting it”. Just to cheer you up - maybe not.  Take care

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    Hi just wondering how you are going?  Hop fully you got some ease.
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      Hi, unfortunately not.

      I saw the Dr today and the ear swelling has reduced just slightly but enough for them to see the eardrum. Eardrum has quite a big rupture and another rupture a little further to the right. So a double ruptured eardrum and ear infection.

      Plus the chesty symptoms haven't resolved.

      Nose bleeds have stopped for now :D

      I've been told that by the 2nd week the Dr would expect the eardrum rupture to have closed up and be on the mend. But my Dr suspects this is quite a serious eardrum rupture as it is still very sore, swollen and bright red inside, over a week after it ruptured.

      So it might need a surgical repair.

      I have weekly Dr follow ups as I have a fast heart beat and this chest isn't clearing and a cough that won't go away is potentially a symptom of other conditions, so more tests needed.

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      Ah great, I was going to say “bloody hell” but wouldn’t be the best after the nose bleeds- lol.  on the bright side (maybe!) at least you are being looked after at home, wonder what would have happened in Kenya!  Rest plenty & be kind to yourself

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      Unfortunately, now I have developed another ear infection whilst also still having a ruptured eardrum ... It is 2:30am, unable to sleep due to the pain, discomfort and swelling (again).

      Note to everyone reading these comments - do not fly with an ear infection, the aftermath is horrendous

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