April 22nd, 2009

How to Watch Your Health When Flying

by Don

Flying is a routine activity for millions of US citizens, and raises no health issues for the majority of them. However, there are certain things you can do to guarantee that your flight is as comfy as possible. Changes in pressure can momentarily block the Eustachian tube, causing your ears to ‘pop’ or to experience a sensation of fullness. To equalize the pressure, swallow often ; chewing gum often helps.

Duck sleeping during descent ; you may not swallow frequently sufficient to keep before the pressure change. If yawning or swallowing does not help, use the ‘valsalva maneuver’:.

  • Pinch your nostrils shut, then breathe in a mouthful of air.
  • Using only your cheek and throat muscles, force air into the back of your nose as if you were making an attempt to blow your thumb and finger off your nostrils.
  • Be very peaceful and blow in short successive breaths.

When you hear or feel a pop in your ears, you have succeeded. Never force air from your lungs or stomach ( diaphragm ) ; this may create pressures that are too intense.

Babies are particularly uneasy by these pressure changes during descent. Having them feed from a bottle or suck on a dummy will probably provide relief. Duck flying if you have not long ago had intestinal, eye or oral surgery, including a root canal. The pressure changes that happen during climb and descent can lead to pain.

If you’ve got an higher respiration or sinus infection, you can also experience pain ensuing from pressure changes. ( Check to work out if your fare has cancellation or change penalties. ) A last tip on pressure changes : they cause your feet to swell. Try to not wear new or tight shoes while flying.

Alcohol and coffee both have a drying effect on the body. Plane cabin air is usually dry to start with, and the combination can increase your odds of contracting a breathing infection.

If you wear contact lenses, the low cabin humidity and consumption of alcohol and coffee can cut back your tear production, leading to trouble if you do not blink regularly enough. Lens wearers should clean their lenses completely before the flight, use lubricating eye drops in the flight, read in intervals, and take the lenses out if they snooze.

If you’re taking prescription medicines, bring a sufficient amount to last you through the entire trip.

Take along a copy of the prescription, or your doc’s name and phone number, in case the medicine is missing. The medication should be in the first prescription bottle to dodge questions at security or during a Customs inspection. Carry it in a pocket or a carry-on bag ; don’t pack it in a checked bag, in case the bag is lost.

You can minimize the results of jetlag in many ways.

  • try and take a flight that arrives at night, so you can go directly to bed. * Sleep on the plane ( though not during descent ).
  • in the flight do isometric exercises, eat lightly, and drink very little alcohol.

Crew starts drink service right after the “Fasten Seat Belts” sign is turned off, and the serving cart may deny access to the bathrooms.

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