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Anyone online experience w/ear drum & eustachian tube problems

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Anyone online experience w/ear drum & eustachian tube problems and flying?

mysticdoc :

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mysticdoc :

Hello,


Thanks for your question.

mysticdoc :

Please state your question.

Customer:

I have had 2 tympanoplasties due to ear drum rupture (diving accident). 2nd surg was 1.5yrs ago and doc cleared me to fly 9 months ago but haven't been any where until now - have a trip coming up. He prescribed dexamethasone 4mg - take 1 - 4 hours before flying to help w/eustachian tube pressure (have residual eustachian tube dysfunction). I'm wondering - if my flight is 4 hrs should I be taking a 2nd dose an hour before landing?

mysticdoc :

That is a good question.

mysticdoc :

Dexamethasone is a strong steroid and the actin lasts for about 6 hours.

mysticdoc :

Hence, the second dose is not necessary.

mysticdoc :

But if you do experience symptoms, you may take the second dose.

mysticdoc :

Besides, dexamethasone, you can also take sudafed 120 mg twice daily for 2 days.

Customer:

Ahh - okay, I should be good then. I was trying to figure out how long it lasts reading drug profile online but kind got lost in all the adverse affects, etc.


Thanks!

mysticdoc :

This is a decongestant and will be helpful with dexamethasone.

mysticdoc :

Very welcome

Customer:

sudafed for 2 days before I leave or after I land?


 


I have Afrin spray and was going to use that 1-2 hrs before flight

mysticdoc :

1 day before and after the flight.

Customer:

Thanks so much. These little extra tips get lost sometimes when you're actually in office 'cause naturally my doc has been more focused on making sure 2nd graft took!

mysticdoc :

very welcome

mysticdoc :

best wishes

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