I am scared that my ear drums may hurt or puncture while in flight?

I caught flu 5 days ago. Most symptoms are well under control except for a bad cough and mild headache and fatigue. I am not 100% recovered yet. I have to fly tomorrow (Los Angeles to san francisco) and I am scared that my ears will hurt. I have already had my right ear drum rupture during descent in a flight once. I made a trip to a urgent clinic doctor just now and after checking my ears, he says I should be OK to fly. I am not so confident as he didn’t guarantee that my ears will be 100% OK. He just said everything looks like you will be fine. Shall I take the risk and fly tomorrow? Please advise.

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Ayman Darrag
10:41 pm

You can fly do not worry.. Just take a nasal decongestant in case and chew gums during landing and takeoff .. Keep your ear dry. Place a waterproof silicone earplug or cotton ball coated with petroleum jelly in your ear when showering or bathing. Avoid blowing your nose. The pressure created when blowing your nose can damage your healing eardrum. Don’t sleep during ascents and descents. Keep your ears free of foreign objects. Never attempt to dig out excess or hardened earwax with items such as a cotton swab, paper clip or hairpin. These items can easily tear or puncture… Read more »

Ahmed Fawzy
12:30 am

There is no reason to worry , just chew a gum during descent or breath

Good Luck

7:29 am

don’t worry. nothing such will happen.
you can fly safely.
deep breathing exercises and chewing gum will take care of blocked eustachian tube.

Masr Fawzy
8:32 am

Chew a gum ..
Valsulva manuever… Esp, while plane landing or taking off
Do those two things and everything will go fine, no worries