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A 37-year-old member asked:

how can flying on a plane affect a person with asthma?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 18 years experience
Not usually: Since planes today are pressurized, changes in cabin pressure are not likely. Some people are very nervous when flying which in turn can be a trigger for an asthma attack. A confined area and a sensitivity to someone's perfume or other things can also be a problem. Good Luck
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology 36 years experience
Take your inhaler: Taking your medications on board along with a peak flow meter are suggested. Avoid any known triggers when flying.
Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Mainly: rom triggers of asthma on the plane. The cabins are pressurized so this is not a problem.

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What are common asthma trigger factors in a person's home?

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how flying on a plane affect a person with asthma?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 18 years experience
Generally safer but.: Though planes today are pressurized and well ventilated, asthmatics can have problems. If you are a nervous passenger- this can be a trigger. Allergies and the close quarters of a plane can also be a problem. Check with your physician if he/she thinks you should take precautions before a flight Good Luck.

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