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After flying all day long from east coast to west coast, I

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After flying all day long from east coast to west coast, I am nausteated and dizzy with a slight headache. No fever or chills. I had a lot of ear discomfort on the final descent of the plane.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 6 years ago.


During descent of the plane when the air pressure increases, it can produce pressure on the ear drum.

You can try some measures like yawning, chewing gums.

Measures to try to blow air out when you closing the nose& mouth closed will help to force air through the eustachian tube, thus help to neutralize the air pressure.

Nasal decongestant spray can be helpful to open up the tube.

OTC dramamine can help in nausea and relieve the congestion and pressure.

If the symptoms are persisting, you should consult doctor for evaluation.

Please feel free for any follow up query.

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
The ear is not the issue. I gave that for background. It is the continuous nausea, headache and dizziness. I did swallow and yawn to release the pressure in my ear. These symptoms started the next morning and have continued. I am very off balance when I walk.
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 6 years ago.
Dramamine can help in nausea, dizziness.

When you are very off balance, it will be safe to be checked by doctor without delay to exclude any stroke.