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Do flight attendants get TB often on international flights?

Do flight attendants get TB often on international flights?

Can happen: But more commonly they are exposed when off the plane overnighting in an area with high rate of tb. If somebody with active open pulmonary TB is coughing on a flight, the attendants are not the only ones likely to be infected. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Lindquist
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Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infection (Definition)

Mycobacterium tuberculosis is an infectious organism that spreads by droplets coughed out by an infected person. Infection is established initially in lungs, but can spread within lungs & to other body parts, or can become latent, with reactivation occurring years to decades later. With effective treatment, it can be completely eliminated although drug resistant ...Read more


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With a international flight soon, i will try to get ativan for the flight. To sleep good while there, would 1-3 mg of melatonin or sonata (zaleplon) be better ?

With a international flight soon, i will try to get ativan for the flight. To sleep good while there, would 1-3 mg of melatonin or sonata (zaleplon) be better ?

I would start with: Melatonin taken about two hours before your desired bedtime. If that does not work, you can use 10 mg of sonata (zaleplon) if prescribed for you and in this situation i write may repeat x 1 if you wake up and have at least three hours of sleep time left, so you can take another and go back to sleep within about twenty minutes. Have a great flight and a happy new year. ...Read more

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I am a flight attendant my ears plugged up and i can't get them to open i can't take decongestants what can I do I need some relief please help?

I am a flight attendant my ears plugged up and i  can't get them to open i can't take decongestants what can I do I need some relief please help?

Afrin (oxymetazoline): Use this nasal spray about one-half hour before landing, about time descent begins. Is not needed for take off. Use only at this time and once or twice after landing. Try to avoid use while on ground or repetitively so that you will not start to build up a rebound effect. Learn how to do the valsalva maneuver. ...Read more

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I'm a flight attendant so my ears are always blocked and painful. I can't hear very well anymore. Should i get tubes in my ears? Some FAS have them.

I'm a flight attendant so my ears are always blocked and painful. I can't hear very well anymore. Should i get tubes in my ears? Some FAS have them.

You may consider...: It if you are continuing to have problems. Your ears can experience trauma with the changes in pressure experienced with an ascending/descending airplane that can lead to hearing problems. Your primary care doctor or an ear, nose, and throat specialist would be a good place to start. ...Read more

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Flight attendant get sinus infection every 2 months have deviated septum sinus surgery permanent or temporay fix?

Flight attendant get sinus infection every 2 months have deviated septum sinus surgery permanent or temporay fix?

Hopefully permanent: The goal of the sinus surgery would be to cut down significantly on the number of sinus infections you get. It's not a guarantee but it should definitely help. ...Read more

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Need suggestion for international flight travel during pregnancy, which week is good, and travel tips.

Need suggestion for international flight travel during pregnancy, which week is good, and travel tips.

Check with airline: You should check to see how far you can be to travel. A lot of airlines won't let you fly internationally beyond 30 weeks. I would say 2nd trimester is the best time to travel. ...Read more

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For months I have had unbelievable fatigue, i spend the day tired as if I am jet lagged from an international flight. What could cause this?

For months I have had unbelievable fatigue, i spend the day tired as if I am jet lagged from an international flight. What could cause this?

Many things: In this day and age, many people are fatigued. Simple overwork and the stress of life can cause fatigue. Medically:- anemia, thyroid disorders, mono, low sugar, low blood pressure, several viral diseases, etc. Can all cause fatigue. You should see a dr. And get a proper evaluation and the proper diagnosis, for any possible treatment you may need. Good luck. ...Read more

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Any tips and tricks to minimize jet lags, especially for long international flights in different time zones?

Any tips and tricks to minimize jet lags, especially for long international flights in different time zones?

Yes: Drink a lot of water. Avoid alcohol and caffeine Take Melatonin 3 to 6 mg same time you would normally sleep on the plane and every night while away and for a few days when you get home ...Read more

Dr. Klaus D Lessnau
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Tuberculosis (Definition)

Is an infection in the body with mycobacterium tuberculosis. It is almost always acquired via the respiratory tract from which it can spread to other organs. After that, the immune system walls the bacteria off. All of this usually occurs without symptoms. After that, activation of the infection can occur in about 10% of the total patients. Half of this risk is in ...Read more