Not really anxiety related...but could be

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I know the title is a bit confusing, but anyways.....

I'm in Spain, on holidays, and I'm flying home tomorrow. It's only a 2 hour flight so it's short enough. The problem is, last night I had this weird pressure feeling in my ears, kinda like they were blocked, but it went after about 5 minutes. Then this morning I had the same thing. My throat is also sore which makes me think I've a sinus problem or something. I went to a pharmacy today, where they didn't understand English and my Spanish isn't great, she gave me foam earplugs when I mentioned flying, so she might of got the message. Will these help? There's literally no where open now because the holiday season is over. And everything is closed now anyways. Should I be ok to fly? I'm not really worried about it..but I don't want to damage my ear or anything. 

Oh and the closest airport is tiny, and there's only like one flight a week so I need to fly home tomorrow. 

Any help is much appreciated,


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    Hi there Jack smile

    Don't worry about your ear. My eldest son has ongoing sinus problems and he was on a long haul flight this past August without any problems, apart from minor discomfort, which was to be expected due to his sinus issues

    Yes, your ears may well pop and crackle due to the pressure in the air cabin. Ad yes, the popping can be momentarily painful, and I emphasise can be here. That doesn't mean to say there will be painful popping, far  from

    You are unlikely to suffer any damage to your ear

    Try not to focus upon any ear sensations as this will likely make it worse for you, in the sense that if you are "looking " at what you see as a problem then you will "feel " it

    You'll be home before you know it. Wear your ear plugs as they may well give you some comfort

    You'll be just fine, Jack smile


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      Hi Helen, I know it's unlikely to suffer hearing damage, just wanted to be 100% certain. My guess would be the humid weather has something to do with my problem, but I dunno. Anyways, I'm gonna wear the ear plugs for most of the flight, especially taking off and landing.

      Thanks agaiin, Jack

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      Hi there,

      possibly the weather or maybe the water from swimming?

      It's all guesswork.

      The important thing is you will be okay, Jack

      Please don't worry!

      Have a good flight home


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    Hopefully all will be ok

    Wear the ear plugs when taking of and landing they will neutralise the air pressure in your ears.

    In the past I have been in some very small aircraft and ears crackle and pop.

    When you feel your ears crackle or the hearing goes strange swallow and your ears will clear. If you feel the need of another set of ear plugs ask the Airhostess.

    Many of the new aircraft seem not to be bad with cabin pressurisation. So enjoy your flight. One other thing you could do with your ears is drink something that seems to help as well

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    Well...I thought I had the plugs...but stupid me left them in the ears were fine for take off, but landing they were terrible. I landed about 4 hours ago and my left ear is sore and feels clogged. My right ear was like this, but cleared up. I hope my left one clears up. I think I might go to my doctor tomorrow, even if it does clear up, just in case I did do something. Oh and my throat has been really sore for the whole day. I dunno if they are connected, but I'll find out tomorrow. I just hope I haven't got permanent damage to my ear

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      Hi there Jacksmile

      Don't worry

      Sore throats often affects the ear and vice versa. There's no reason to ear permanent damage

      Go see the GP. It will pit your mind at rest and if you have, and I emphasise if here, an ear infection, you will be prescribed something to heal it

      Please don't panic. If your throat is very sore a spoonful of honey works wonders. If you don't have any honey warm drinks soothe the throat

      More importantly don't panic. We get little things like ear/throat infections, tummy bugs and what have you. They are rarely, rarely serious and when they are, there are other significant issues/symptoms

      You'll be okay!

      Helen xx

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      Hi Helen, I have a feeling like it's an infection, I had one before and it feels the same. I took some honey earlier, and it did help. I don't think it is anything serious, I was talking to my cousin, who is an air hostess and she was saying she had something similar and the doctor gave her an antibiotic and it cleared up a week later.

      Thanks for the reply,


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      Just back from doctors, she said it's all just a cold. She said my throat is clear, no puss and isn't red. She said that my ears are fine, that they should sort themselves out in the next few days. So I'm not on anything, except Strepsils and paracetamol for my throat.

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