To pursue the discussion about how flying can affect us after the heavy legs issue, I would like to give a few tips to people suffering from earache while flying. This mainly happens at take off or landing and is due to a very rapid change in air pressure. Normally, the Eustachian tube opens and lets air get to the middle ear to equalize the outside pressure and pressure inside the middle ear. (This is located behind the eardrum and connects the middle ear to the back of the throat.) But when a plane takes off and lands, the change is so sudden that the tube might not be able to play its role, especially if it is blocked because of upper respiratory congestion due to an infection (ear infection, cold, sore throat, sinus infection) or an allergy (hay fever for example). It is very often the case in babies and small children who are more prone to ear infections and whose tubes are smaller. For some people, this is so painful that it makes them very apprehensive when flying. So let’s see if there is something we can do about it:
Frequent swallowing and chewing gum can help, especially if you start doing it minutes before take off and landing and not only when you are feeling the pain.
Yawning can also engage the muscles that open the Eustachian tube.
Pinch your nostrils and try to blow out through your nose. You can also block the painful ear with another finger while you doing it.
Those recommendations can work but I hear many people saying they still experience pain after trying all of these tips. So here is a wonderful homeopathic medicine that should help you a lot:
Ferrum Phosphoricum 6C: This is a homeopathic eardrum protector.
Take 5 sublingual pellets 10 minutes before take off and 10 minutes before landing. You can repeat the dose if you start feeling pain in the ears.