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Interview with Dr. Javier Diaz Nuñez, Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist

Since this is the time of year that so many folks are planning their return trip (or vacation) to Puerto Vallarta, we thought it would be a good idea to interview Dr. Javier Diaz-Nuñez, one of HealthCare Resources’ favorite physicians. He is an Otolaryngologist – but it is much easier to say he is an “ENT” (Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist.)

Pamela: Is there anything that one can do prior to boarding a plane for a flight, to “protect” their ears?

Dr. Javier Diaz-Nuñez, OtolaryngoloistDr. Diaz: If you have a history of ear problems with pressure changes, you should definitely do something preventative. The first thing is to make sure your nose is not “stuffed up.” If this is the case you may use a decongestant, such as Afrin, 1 day prior to the flight and then use it twice daily but not for more than three days. Be sure and read the instructions to make sure you have no contradictions. If the stuffy nose is caused from allergies, prescription antihistamines such as Zyrtec or Allegra are recommended to begin using at least 5 days prior to the flight along with a nasal spray of saline solution, which may be purchased over-the-counter.

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