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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Helpful Flying Tips

You may be planning a trip that requires you to fly. If your destination requires a lengthy flight, you want to make sure you are comfortable. Planning ahead can prevent health problems. Your trip should be enjoyable and fun filled. You certainly don’t want your flight to put a damper on your vacation, nor slow you down.

Some suggestions when flying:

To relieve stress from ear pressure, chew gum. You can also swallow or yawn. Using ear plugs will also regulate ear pressure. If you are traveling with an infant, use a pacifier or give them a bottle during take offs and landings.

If you have allergies or upper respiratory congestion, take an antihistamine or a decongestant spray prior to flying. This will help with ear pressure pain.

If you had dental work, try to avoid flying for 12 hours after having the work done. The change in cabin pressure can be painful.

Avoid eating junk foods high in sugar and caffeinated drinks. They can cause a temporary surge in energy and then followed by a lull

Drink fluids: water or natural juices to keep you hydrated and prevent deep vein thrombosis

Exercise your feet while sitting. Flexing your feet and moving them in a circular direction will exercise your calf muscles. Leave room under the seat in front of you so you can stretch your legs or walk in the aisle for circulation.

Reduce motion sickness by sitting at a window seat near the plane’s wings. That will reduce the motion you feel. It’s also a good idea to open the air vent and avoid reading.

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes to help prevent discomfit and swollen feet.

Another Helpful Tip:

In Case of an Emergency, you should also have on hand your medical history, which would include: your blood type, any pre-existing conditions, list of allergies and any medications you are currently taking. Have emergency contact numbers available.

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