Up in the Air: Air Travel Health

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A lot can happen during a long flight. After my first 15-hour flight I couldn't feel my legs because I spent most of it sitting down. Nobody had told me that it was best to keep the blood flowing by moving every few hours. Today I will share some tips to prevent common air travel issues.

Air Pressure:

The first time I felt air pressure was in a taxi, of all places. I was going to class at Uni and I had my earphones on, I felt sudden pressure in my ears. In air travel this is a common thing. Sinus and ear pressure can be can be prevented by chewing gum and swallowing often. There a few more ways you can prevent air pressure such as holding your breath and yawning.  Decongestants are a great way of clearing the sinuses.

Blood Clots:

Immobility during flights can cause blood clots. This happens because we're often sitting for long periods in small spaces. Some signs include:

  • Swollen ankles or feet.
  • Swollen Calf.
  • Discolouration.
  • Increased warmth over the skin.
You can prevent the occurrence of blood clots by moving as much as possible. Stretching and flexing.  Avoid drinking alcohol before and during the trip.
Airplane cabins  have dry air, with humidity levels of about  10 to 20 percent. So each time you exhale you lose some water. Drink plenty of water throughout the duration of the flight  to stay hydrated but be sure to stay away from caffeine  and alcohol because they can worsen dehydration. Bring a moisturiser to keep your skin from going flaky and ashy. Having eye drops on you is good to keep your eyes from getting dry and itchy.
Motion Sickness:
Motion sickness starts with a feeling of nausea and then progresses to a churning sickness in your stomach, depending on the severity you might end up having to vomit. If you know that you're are prone to motion sickness it is best to travel on an empty stomach, keep water on you and your seat upright.
Jet Lag:
Is the feeling of running opposite to the clock, either ahead or behind as a result of timezone changes. Rest, rest, and more rest is the only key to keeping your jet lag at a minimum. Go to Stop Jet Lag for more information and tips.
Do you have any tips to share?Please do so in the comments section.
Happy Jetsetting!

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