Cabin Crew with otitis media

Hello, I’m a cabin crew. Last week I didn’t realize I was flying with a flu and it developped into a middle ear infection. After not being able to unblock my ears despite trying everything, I decided to go to an ENT specialist. He told me that I had a small infection and I should be fine in 3 days. He prescribed me an antibiotic of 400mg (once a day), a nasal spray and a decongestant pill. With no improvement after 3 days, I decided to visit another ENT specialist. I told him despite the medication, I my condition hasn’t improved one bit and he told me the exact same thing; altered some of my medication (prescribed me a new antibiotic of 500mg, twice a day) and told me I’d be fit to fly in 3 days. It has been 6 days now and my ears are still blocked. Am I not responding to the antibiotics? Is there a way to manually release the pressure inside my ear except surgery? How long will it last?

  1. What are other symptoms that you r suffering from. Eustachian tube blockage is one possible cause of a clogged ear. But instead of flowing down the throat, fluid and mucus can sometimes become trapped in the middle ear and clog the ear. This blockage usually accompanies an infection, such as the common cold, influenza, or sinusitis. Allergic rhinitis can also cause a blockage in the eustachian tube. Other symptoms of a blockage caused by an infection or allergies include: runny nose coughing sneezing sore throat. 1. Do saline gargles daily (preferably twice). 2. Whenever possible do steam inhalation also. 3. Cover your nose and mouth with hanky for at least 30 sec when you go in dusty areas also when you go in and out of ac. As our nose is the most sensitive part of our body, when there is temperature difference between two rooms or inside n outside, then if we not protect our nose, it gets affected. 4. Drink hot liquids –hot liquids relieve nasal congestion, prevent dehydration, and soothe the uncomfortably inflamed membranes that line your nose and throat. 5. Sleep with an extra pillow under your head– elevating your head will help relieve congested nasal passages. If the angle is too awkward, try placing the pillows between the mattress and the box springs to create a more gradual slope. 6. Treat that stuffy nose with warm salt water– salt-water rinsing helps break nasal congestion, while also removing virus particles and bacteria from your nose. 7. Blow your nose often (and the right way)– it’s important to blow your nose regularly when you have a cold rather than sniffling mucus back into your head. But when you blow hard, pressure can carry germ-carrying phlegm back into your ear passages, causing earache. The best way to blow your nose: press a finger over one nostril while you blow gently to clear the other. 8. Use the valsalva maneuver this simple trick helps open your eustachian tube. To perform this maneuver, take a deep breath and pinch your nose. With your mouth closed, attempt to exhale gently through your nose. This should create enough pressure to “pop” or unclog the ear. Don’t blow too hard to avoid damaging your eardrum. Once your eustachian tube opens, chew gum or suck on hard candy to keep it opened. Homeopathic treatment has very encouraging results.

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