A long-awaited trip can simply be ruined by an unexpected illness, especially when you have to fly to your destination. Flying itself is not dangerous to your health but in certain circumstances, such as colds or serious illnesses, you need to be careful.
- Changes in air pressure cause stress to the body.
- Airplane dry air can cause dryness of the nose and throat mucous membranes, creating the proper conditions for bacteria and viruses to enter the body.
- If the disease has weakened the body, flight and staying in the crowd will provoke a faster spread of the disease.
Most important is to act immediately – if you have a cold a few days before your flight, you should definitely not expect the cold to pass by itself. It is best to start immediately fighting the symptoms – it greatly increases your chances of regaining health by the day you travel.
Prepare for the flight accordingly – lets say a person has a vein problem, it would be best to put on compression socks during the flight, as pressure changes. Preparation will be helpful even if your health is fine and you are not complaining – for your own safety, get a travel kit that may be needed both on board and while abroad.
Situations when you need to think twice if you can handle flight:
- Fever – too high temperature can be a sign of infection in the body that can spread and become more severe as a result of flight. If the temperature is significantly increased and is accompanied by fatigue, weakness, increased sensitivity to external conditions, is certainly worth to consider whether in this case you will be able to handle flight.
- Nasal Congestion – a seemingly innocent nasal congestion and runny nose can make the flight particularly uncomfortable. Not only does a nasal congestion cause oxygen discomfort, it can also make breathing difficult.
- Vomiting, diarrhea – symptoms such as severe diarrhea or vomiting accompanied by sickness and weakness, may be evidence of food poisoning or a stomach virus. In such a situation, you should be at home and help your body recover, not fly.
- Chest pain – severe chest pain is one of the most dangerous signs that should not be ignored. They may be evidence of heart problems and may require immediate medical attention.
- Recent surgery, serious illness – after any surgery, it is advisable to find out after how long time you can safely fly, and before you fly, it is advisable to seek medical advice that it is safe for your health. Also consult your doctor if you have a history of heart failure or other serious illness.