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How to avoid ear pain while flying

(HealthDayNews) -- A common problem among air travelers is a sharp pain in the ears as the pressure changes during takeoff and landing.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers some advice, which includes taking a decongestant, chewing gum, and swallowing often.

It's important to take action before you feel any pain. And parents are advised to give babies a pacifier or a bottle.

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