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5 health tips when traveling with aeroplane

Updated on March 2, 2012

Since there are lots of low cost companies - Traveling with a plane is not an adventure anymore.

Most of the planes are 100% safe. In fact, it is more likely to have accident when you are walking than it is when flying.

There are however some exceptions:

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Pregnancy is a risk

In fact, when traveling with a plane - nothing can happen to you or the fetus if you are both healthy.

Of course - do not travel if you are soon to deliver, but apart from this - you are safe in the air.

It is forbidden by most doctors to travel on a plane if you are pregnant and have high blood pressure, low hemoglobin, obesity, infections, cardiac illness and others, that can be affected by the pressure fluctuations when flying.

It is also bad idea to travel if the fetus is having complications or risk of abortion. You better listen to the physician.

Heart diseases are risky for flying

There is no problem if your condition is stable. However, do not travel if you have been diagnosed soon and need monitoring.

Do not travel if you had cardiac arrest in the last 2 months.

If you suffer from varicose veins, you may need a patch or infusion with heparin, because you will be immobile for few hours until the plane lands. If there are ruptured veins - avoid flying, because you may start bleeding.

Tromboembolism patients are advised to take 500 mg aspirin before flight. Drink water and stay hydrated all the time and the risk will be very low. No alcohol.

In all cases of heart diseases - keep your pills handy and if you have a tag with your blood type and illnesses - take it with you.

Psychic preparation

If you have Aerophobia (fear of flying) - You need company to talk to, so you can calm yourself naturally.

Height headache is also frequent problem in people with low blood pressure or sufferers from neck pain (esp. arthrosis in the neck vertebrae). Take a pill, you don't need to suffer.

Insult patients need to be careful when flying, because of the frequent changes around them. It may be e good idea to consult with your doctor if you can travel with a plane.

Epilepsy sufferers can also be in a challenge when traveling on a plane and may need to be sedated.

Allergies, post flu and post cold

Travelers with chronic rhinitis, allergies or stuffed nose after a cold need to be prepared before flight.

During flight the pressure will change often and you may feel sharp pain in the ears.

You better clean your nose with drops or a spray, so you don't suffer from the pressure changes. (good idea is chewing an ordinary bubblegum).

If you don't have anything with you - go to the WC and blow your nose as good as you can.

If you feel your ears are like filled with cotton - YAWN! It helps.

If the pain stay after the flight - better visit your doctor.


Because of the pressure, your eyes may get internal bleeding which goes away after few days. Most of the time it is not dangerous.

With long flights however get drops and keep your eyes hydrated. Conjunctivitis is often triggered by dry eyes and you want to avoid it.

Do not travel on a plane if you had eye surgery in the last 10 days. Speak with your surgeon.


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      Stoill Barzakov 6 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Thank you for visiting Ann. 2 of the tips are new for me too. I've dug them in a bulgarian site with advices for young mothers.

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      anndavis25 6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      I never thought about these things before. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

      Good advice. up and awesome and useful