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What are ways to prevent earaches?

Adults and older children can prevent earaches by trying some of these suggestions:
  • If you are prone to the buildup of earwax, speak to your doctor about over-the-counter wax-removal products.
  • Take a decongestant prior to takeoff or descent to help prevent ears from clogging when you fly. Follow the manufacturer's directions or call your physician for the dosage amount.
  • Avoid flying when experiencing a cold.
  • Stay away from cigarette smoke.
  • If allergies are causing earaches, try antihistamines and avoid the pollens, animals, or foods that bring on the allergic reactions.

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