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Can Airplane Seats Have Parasites
Very Unlikely: It is very unlikely that pests such as bedbugs will be transmitted via airline seats. Most parasites are obtained in their 'natural' enviroment: from swimming in infected water, walking barefoot on dirt roads/beaches, mosquito bites, or from drinking/eating contaminiated food and water. Check with your doctor and the cdc website prior to travel for more infromation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Carefully...: To put on contacts while sitting on a plane, use the lavatory first to clean your hands properly. Wait until the seat belt sign is off, since that usually indicates more stable flight which will allow you to handle the lenses with care. You should also have available rewetting drops, if possible, since many people find that their eyes get more dry while wearing contacts on a plane. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Likely pressure.: Sometimes, on an airplane, when it descends too fast or goes up too quickly, the air pressure changes too soon and your inside pressure cannot accomodate quick enough, so this results in painful headaches. That is why people chew gum as it helps equalize the pressure faster by opening up your eustacian tubes. That way air preswsure equalizes and the pain goes away. ...Read more
Conditioning: Go to your local small airport and get an introductory ride in a small airplane with a flight instructor. Tell him of your fear and be ready to be very surprised. You may even become a pilot. I have thousands of hours in the air as a pilot, however I still hate commercial flying. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No...but: The changes in cabin pressure as the plane rises and falls can make a child miserable. You and I have learned how to equalize the pressure in our middle ear as the pressure increases or decreases. This is impossible to explain to a child. I found that having full "sippy" cups at take off and landing, and making the child drink from them, decreased the pain for both child and parents. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
None!: There is no drug to combat the fear of flying. The treatment is what is called cognitive therapy. What it means that when you take the step to fly for the first time in the company of some whom you trust, your brain will incorporate the fact that nothing bad will happen to you, and you will get rid of the fear. ...Read more
What reaction?: These are usually polyester blankets. And while some individuals have severe skin sensitivites, polyester is in almost everything you wear. ...Read more
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