Immediate Relief when Flying:
If you are prone to hay fever, sinus issues, or have recently had a head cold, we recommend that you also take an antihistamine before flying and use a nasal spray for relief when in the air.
The following sinus treatments can help ease the pain when flying:
- Antihistamines are available over the counter at your chemist. We recommend Telfast - an antihistamine that is non-drowsy, able to be taken daily, and can be stopped at any time. If this is taken 3 to 4 days prior to flying, accompanied by Otrivin Nasal Spray on flights, this will guard against unnecessary painful ears.
- Otrivin Nasal Spray is a fast-acting, effective nasal spray to assist in drying out your sinuses, allowing the ear drum to "pop". The best time to use your nasal spray is when the cabin crew announce descent, which is the time when ears feel the most pressure. This can be purchased at a chemist or from our clinic in Ferrymead.
For further information, come and talk with our ear nurses about pain-free flying.