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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is barotrauma?

Barotrauma is an injury to your body caused by a pressure change. You may have an injury to your ears, sinuses, or teeth. It can also affect your lungs, stomach, or intestines. It is also called ear, sinus, lung, or gut squeeze.

What increases my risk of barotrauma?

What are the signs and symptoms of barotrauma?

How is barotrauma diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask how and when your symptoms started. The provider will also ask if you take medicine or have other health conditions. You may be asked to chew, swallow, or yawn to release air from your ears. You may also need any of the following tests:

How is barotrauma treated?

Do not fly or scuba dive until your symptoms are gone. You may not need medical treatment or you may need any of the following:

How can I help prevent barotrauma?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

When should I seek immediate care or call 911?

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