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Will my baby's cold get worse if I take him on an airplane?

Will my baby's cold get worse if I take him on an airplane?

No: Your baby's cold will not get worse because of being on an airplane, though sometimes the dry air can make them seem more congested temporarily. During first few days of the cold, symptoms may still be worsening, but it isn't due to the air travel. It is fine to travel as long as your baby isn't running a high fever, having trouble breathing, or acting very uncomfortable, and is feeding well. ...Read more

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cold symptoms for 1.5 weeks. I traveled on an airplane, made my ear pressure worse now all sounds are muffled & very bloody mucus when I blow my nose?

 cold symptoms for 1.5 weeks. I traveled on an airplane, made my ear pressure worse now all sounds are muffled & very bloody mucus when I blow my nose?

Middle ear or sinus: This could be otitis Media and Sinusitis or both. The blood could be due to infection or even ruptured membranes. You can discuss thsi with your physician and if necessary see ENT (Ear Nose and Throat) specialist. ...Read more

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What can I do to deal with the common cold on an airplane?

What can I do to deal with the common cold on an airplane?

For self or others?: There's lots to do. First, bring tissues, since planes only really have those cheap little napkins. Decongestants take about 2 hours to kick in and really relieve symptoms, so take one before security. That times the max effect about right. If you're worried about spreading it to others, a mask on the plane would be thorough but mildly unnerving. Just make sure if coughing, do it into a tissue. ...Read more

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Wht causes vertigo & how to cure it?Ithink it got worse after airplane ride last week.What can be the immediate treatment after having vertigo attack?

Wht causes vertigo & how to cure it?Ithink it got worse after airplane ride last week.What can be the immediate treatment after having vertigo attack?

Many causes: Paroxysmal vertigo can be associated with migraine, but other causes include benign positional vertigo, meniere's disease, and trauma to inner ear. If travel in an airplane worsens vertigo, one must consider an endolymphatic fistula. An otolaryngologist can help greatly. ...Read more

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Right ear is clogged after an airplane flight/cold? What can I do?

Right ear is clogged after an airplane flight/cold? What can I do?

Clogged ears : If you can't pop your ears to unclog them you can try antihistamines such as zyrtec and Allegra as well as nasal decongestant spray for a couple of days. If no improvement check your doctor -you might have fluid build up in the middle ear. ...Read more

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I've been sick with a sinus head cold and i'm going on an airplane for an hour and ten minutes. My ears are pluggedwhat can happen?Can a doctor fix it

I've been sick with a sinus head cold and i'm going on an airplane for an hour and ten minutes. My ears are pluggedwhat can happen?Can a doctor fix it

Decongestant : You want to try to "unplug" your ears as much as you can so that the pressures can equalize, otherwise you may have a painful trip.Take a decongestant like sudafed before you board the plane and use a steroid nasal spray if you have one too. Chew gum-- they say blowing bubbles with bubble gum is a good way to try to open the eustachean tubes/ also take frequent sips of water as well. ...Read more

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Can flying in an airplane make my Blepharitis and dry eye and eye strain worse ? My pupils tend to dilate on their own due to eye strain

Can flying in an airplane make my Blepharitis and dry eye and eye strain worse ? My pupils tend to dilate on their own due to eye strain

Yes: Airplane cabin air is notoriously extremely dry. Worsening dryness can lead to eye pain and irritation. I would recommend using artificial tears while flying, drinking plenty of water, and taking frequent breaks from computer/phone/reading, etc. ...Read more

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Light headedness, nausea, dizziness and cold feet just after sitting inside the airplane(even before takeoff). Can this be Heart problem ?

Light headedness, nausea, dizziness and cold feet just after sitting inside the airplane(even before takeoff). Can this be Heart problem ?

Airplane issues: The symptoms you mention can come from heart but that is less likely than other causes such as anxiety, low blood sugar, etc. Please see your doc. Peace and good health. Namaste ...Read more