Can I take decongestants to prevent barotitis media?

Decongestants can be a useful way to decrease the risk of barotitis media. Taking decongestants half an hour before diving or flying can prevent nasal blockage that prevents air from traveling to the ear through the eustachian tube. However, some people should not take decongestants. Children under 12, adults with some health conditions like diabetes or hypertension, and people taking certain medications like monoamine oxidase inhibitors or  should avoid decongestants, especially if they contain pseudoephedrine. Pregnant women should ask their doctor if decongestants are safe for them.

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