Health Tips for Air Travel

Friday, May 10, 2013

Air travel can help you reach exotic locales but the flight can be tough for many reasons. Dr. Edward Hill explains some of the discomfort associated with flying and what you can do about it in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Several things can make traveling by plane more comfortable. The air in airplanes is dry. You should drink plenty of nonalcoholic drinks so you wont get dehydrated.

Sitting still for many hours on long flights can cause blood clots in your legs. It is a good idea to walk every now and then during your flight and exercise your feet and legs while seated.

If your ears hurt when you fly, try swallowing often during the flight. Some people find that it helps to chew gum. You also could take a decongestant medicine before you get on the plane.

Be sure to put enough of all of your medicines in your carry-on luggage. Bring enough medicine to last your whole trip. Take extra medicine with you in case your return trip is delayed.

If you have diabetes, allergies or epilepsy, you should carry an identification card. Have the name and phone number of your doctor with you in case of an emergency. Also, remember to bring the names and dosages of all of your medicines.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.