Getting Sick on an Airplane, a Common Occurrence

Are You a Frequent Air Traveler and Experienced Getting Sick?

If you happen to be a frequent flyer, taking long flights (longer than 2 hours) and have experienced an illness, starting during in-flight, or within 14 days post flight – then you should read this article to better protect your health, prior to your next trip!

It’s called “Airplane Sickness” and today it is increasing in its frequency and duration of length, becoming a real concern for frequent air travelers, and even for first-time flyers who are considered high-risk for certain contagions.   There are three basic types of Airplane Sickness, which can occur to any and all flyers, at one time or another.

Motion Related, Contagions, or Underlying Medical Illnesses

One, Motion sickness happens as a result on an imbalance to your equilibrium from changing air pressures to inner ear disturbances, which can happen to healthy, normal air travelers, often without warning.

However Motion Sickness doesn’t have to happen – if you take the time to consult with a Medical Doctor prior to your next trip; he/she can provide you with several alternate medicines and techniques to avoid experiencing another bout of motion sickness.

Be sure to check with your insurance provider, like Aetna Health Insurance or CIGNA Health Insurance, to find a great Medical Doctor, while you are traveling, just in case you do get sick!

Number Two, Viral and/or Bacterial contagions which may or may not have incubation periods, then erupt into full-blown medical illnesses, either in-flight or within 14 days post flight; this is where the high-risk group of air travelers needs to be prepared prior to air travel.

For example, anyone who has had any of the following conditions, need to consult with their medical doctor to be better prepared for safe air travel: * Asthma Sufferers, * COPD Sufferers, those with * Chronic Bronchial or other * Upper Respiratory Illnesses, * Ear Infection Sufferers, * Allergy Sufferers, etc.

More Than 2 Billion People Fly Every Year in the U.S.

Did you know that more than two billion people board commercial aircraft every year, and while air travel is relatively safe; the cabin’s air quality may not be as safe as you think?

Before fresh air ever enters the airplane’s cabin; it is warmed and compressed, then passes through a catalytic converter to remove ozone from air, then the air passes through a charcoal filter to remove any organic compounds from the air, then a high efficiency particulate filter removes small particulates from the air – so does anyone notice what’s missing from this process?

What is to stop all airborne viral and bacterial air-borne germs from entering the cabin, when the people enter the cabin?  NOTHING!  The entrance of people into the airplane cabin immediately downgrades the air quality.

Then during in-flight most, commercial aircraft only uses a 50/50 mixture of re-cycled air, with fresh air; so people who are sick or are in the incubation period and are contagious and spreading that contagion in a tightly compressed air-space, filled with more than 150 persons.

This makes it doubly important to take the opportunity to visit your Medical Doctor and get some real resources to use during in-flight to fight off viral or bacterial contagions.

Now, for the third type of airplane sickness anomaly that can often happen during in-flight; DVT or Deep Vein Thromboses, and other underlying medical conditions can become exacerbated during in-flight.

All individuals who have under-lying medical conditions which can become serious medical illnesses in-flight should definitely meet with their Medical Doctors and explain their trip schedule; noticing the physician that if something occurs during flight, they may be contacted for medical support.

It is vital that an individual who has an underlying medical condition immediately notify the flight attendant, should they begin feeling ill.  This way, the in-flight staff can immediately notify ground-support, which has an emergency room doctor on call 24/7 and an emergency medical kit on-board.

The information regarding your medical doctor should be made available to in-flight staff, upon boarding the aircraft; this way if anything does happen and you are not conscious, the in-flight staff have a full medical history just a phone-call away.

Even flyers with allergies need to consult with a medical doctor regarding in-flight prevention procedures to avoid any severe allergic reactions.

Remember, the best protection is prevention – an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so be sure to contact a Medical Doctor prior to taking your next long flight, and maybe you will better enjoy your trip, by not getting sick aboard a crowded aircraft!

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