Patient : Can flying with a cold, a stuffy nose and sinus pressure cause harm to the ears? I'm a flight attendant and have been told by everyone not to fly with a cold. I've heard of horror stories where people have extreme ear pain, burst ear drums, loss of hearing and ear infections. I went to see a doctor about a cold and nasal congestion and he says that in general, it is fine to fly with cold. What's your opinion?
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