Flying Instructions

General Overview of Problems

Flying can be associated with a number of potential medical problems and at very least frequently leaves people with a sense of jet lag. Almost all of these problems can be prevented easily with a few easy interventions.

Prevent Dehydration

The humidity in the airplanes is 6% - worse than the desert. No Caffeine (Coffee tea coke). No Alcohol (wine, beer, cocktails) Drink 8 oz water or juice every hour.

Problems with reduced circulation, vibration and poor breathing.

Low frequency vibration in the aircraft causes resonant vibration inside you making you feel uncomfortable.

Sitting for long periods decreases the return of blood from your legs and increases the risk of blood clots.

The sitting position also decreases lung movement and may increase the chances of getting pneumonia.

Take two laps around the plane every 1.5 hours unless asleep.

Prevent Infection

With the large number of people in a plane sitting with minimal circulation of air it is a wonder that more people don't become sick with flying.

Antibacterial Purell hand cleaner - before meals, after using the bathroom and before leaving the plane.

Prevent muscle spasm back problems and leg

Sitting in cramped seats with minimal movement eventually results in lower back spasm and swelling of the feet.

Stretching exercises

Tense and relax leg muscles and gentle upper body twisting every hour.

If you regularly take breathing medicines

Use of Tilade or Intal 2 puffs ½ hour before flight and every 4 hours while in the air frequently protects the airways from ill effects of the airborne environment. This can be used in conjunction with any other spray combination that you are taking.

If nasal congestion is a problem then Astelin 2 sprays in each nostril before the flight also is very helpful.



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