Nasal Decongestants and Air Travel
Lundy (2015) reports that Ovari and colleagues assembled a prospective, non-randomized study at a tertiary referral center, to evaluate nasal decongestants based on xylometazoline (similar to oxymetazoline) that may be found in Afrin® Nasal Spray, Anefrin® Nasal Spray, Dristan® Nasal Spray, Mucinex® Nasal Spray, Nostrilla® Nasal Spray, Vicks Sinex® Nasal Spray. These spray products are often used to alleviate or prevent eustachian tube dysfunction that sometimes occurs with airline flights (upon ascent or descent) wh ile traveling with otitis media or an upper respiratory infection. The authors report that “nasal decongestants as a single treatment modality certainly improve nasal airflow, but objective data supporting improved eustachian tube function is lacking….”
For More Information, References, and Recommendations
Lundy L.(2015) Do Topical Nasal Decongestants Really Improve Eustachian Tube Function? ENTToday.org.
Ovari A, Buhr A, Warkentin M, Kundt G, Ehrt K, Pau HW. (2015) Nasal Decongestants Improve Eustachian Tube Function? Otology & Neurotology 36:65-69.